Nutrition challenges are all the rage! Many people give up some of their favourite foods for a month because of a trendy challenge, but few people seem to initiate such events on their own. Why not start your own? Your challenge, your rules!
Are you gleefully gluten, a chocolate craver, a sugar advocate, or a ‘carb’nivour? Do you detest veggies, fruits and whole grains? Are you able to give up or reduce your favourite unhealthy choices for one month? Can you commit to eating healthy for 30 days? Nutrition challenges can be a great source of motivation, a valuable eye-opener and may even help you develop healthier habits post-challenge.
On August 29th, 2013, the Body & Soul staff participated in a day of team building exercises. One such exercise asked the staff to categorize themselves into 1 of 4 categories–atomic, buddy, detailed and control. Continue reading to learn more about who fell under what category, and what that means about their personality!
-likes to be in charge
-usually very goal oriented
-practical and no-nonsense (bottom-line)
*we predict Personal Trainer Marcia would fit here too!
-outgoing and energetic
-likes to be around people
-good relationship builders
-most people like them right away
*Avery and Armin would definitely be ‘buddy’ too!
-very happy with repetitive tasks
-don’t like change
-supportive, caring and thoughtful
-compassionate, patient and good listeners
-very detail oriented
-controlling of themselves and others (so true!)
-sticklers for procedure and protocol
-like jobs clearly defined
Team building was definitely a great way for staff to get to know one another in an interactive, fun and casual setting.
Warm up to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. Warming up will increase muscle and core temperature as well as blood flow which leads to faster muscle contraction and relaxation, increased muscle strength and power and increased rate of metabolic reactions.
A good warm up should include 5-10 minutes of a low intensity activity that raises your heart rate, ventilation, blood flow, deep muscle temperature and reduces viscosity. Enhance your warm up by including dynamic stretching and progressively increasing the intensity.
Overtraining is caused by excessively challenging our mind and body with physical activity beyond its normal capabilities, without providing it with adequate rest to recover. These excessive stressors on the body can lead to both chronic and acute injuries.
Some signs that you may be overtraining are disturbed mood states (fatigue, depression, irritability and loss of competitive drive), elevated resting pulse and painful muscles, insomnia, loss of appetite and altered immune function. Symptoms vary between individuals. If you think you might be struggling with overtraining, speak with a health professional.
If left untreated, you risk seriously hurting your body.
It’s that time of year again! Body & Soul will be closed from Monday August 26th to Monday September 2nd for our annual extensive cleaning and mini-renovation. Studio will re-open Tuesday September 3rd at 6am.
You may be getting a week off from training in the studio but we encourage you to maintain an active routine during the week!
We hope you enjoy your week and long weekend–we’ll see you in September!