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Fitness File – November Issue

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The November issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out this week! This issue covers the following:

  • strength training – why weight?
  • fitness tip: increasing the weight
  • nutrition tip: fibre 101
  • club news: studio closure, holiday charity and reassessments
  • staff spotlight: Scott Hallam (Personal Trainer)
  • Q&A: what exactly does a physiotherapist do?

Check it out here.

Upcoming Studio Closure

Body & Soul will be closed Saturday November 10th to Monday November 12th for the Remembrance Day weekend. The studio will re-open Tuesday November 13th at 6am. We hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Lest we forget.

Quality over quantity

You may have heard the term ’empty calories’ but can you easily identify foods that contain empty calories?

You are consuming empty calories when you eat foods or drink beverages with little to no nutritional value. In most cases, these are highly processed foods that contain added fat and sugar. Examples of empty-calorie foods and beverages are pastries, cookies, soda and alcoholic beverages. While we all like to indulge in foods and/or beverages that fall under this category, excessive consumption of empty calories will likely lead to weight gain and other possible health problems. When filling your plate, try to ensure a well balanced meal with whole, non-processed foods. Think quality over quantity!

Can exercise help with my ailment?

Some people avoid exercise in fear of worsening their ailment or health condition, when the reality is that, in most cases, exercise will improve their quality of life! Many people with arthritis, for instance, are afraid they may be injured during physical activity, further worsening their condition. They are so focused on the worst case scenario that they don’t realize the consequences of avoiding exercise, specifically the health benefits that could improve their mobility, strengthen their joints and ultimately lessen their pain. Even a healthy person, with no joint issues, will find that their joints weaken without exercise over time. In most cases, and for most health conditions, avoiding exercise can have a negative impact on your quality of life. The key is to find a program and intensity suitable for your needs (health condition, pace, fitness level, etc.).

At Body & Soul, we offer consultations to help those new to exercise understand how we can help them achieve their health and fitness goals. If you know someone who might benefit from personal training, we encourage you to have them call in and book a consultation so that they can sit down, one-on-one, with one of our personal trainers. www.bodysoul.ca

 Consult with a health professional to better understand what you can do to improve your health.

Start today!

“The future depends on what you do today.” -Gandhi

Few things worth acquiring will happen overnight – relieving back pain, increasing  strength, and losing (or gaining) weight certainly won’t. We have all told ourselves at some point that today isn’t a good day to start – tomorrow will be the day. Rarely though do we hold ourselves to such a promise. Why is it that we insist today is a bad time to start? Too busy? Too tired? Bad weather? How about because we complicate the idea of what ‘starting’ actually means. For instance, if you want to lose weight, your first step need not be to ‘start a diet’ – in fact, without understanding your current eating habits and identifying triggers for stress-eating, you won’t have enough information to develop a diet you are likely to stick to.

For every goal, it’s important to start small! Understand your goal (break it down into a SMART goal – specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely) and see how you can adopt change without completely disrupting your daily routine. If your goal requires intense changes to every aspect of your life consider revising it. Introducing routines that feel like work aren’t routines you are likely to maintain, and the truth is that building habits is key to success.

On the road to optimal health, it’s important that you don’t punish yourself with negative-talk when you don’t succeed right away. Be positive and recognize the fact that you are trying to achieve an important goal. Also, reassess your progress now and then to help ensure you are on the right path. Consider this, where do you want your health and/or fitness to be in one week, one month, or one year? Don’t wait for the New Year to start your resolutions. Every action you take now defines your next moment – consequently defining tomorrow. Start today, continue tomorrow!