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Monitoring your blood pressure (BP)

If you have high blood pressure it means your heart is working much harder to pump blood throughout the body and jumping into a fitness program without considering your BP, and without the supervision of a fitness professional, can be dangerous.

For instance, pushing your body too hard or holding your breath while performing lifts (a common reaction) can dramatically increase your BP which increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

While there is no cure for high blood pressure, it can be managed. It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting a new fitness program.

Spice up your life!

Adding certain spices to your food will not only enhance their flavour but may also provide medicinal benefits! 

Whether you are looking to lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation, increase your memory, boost your metabolism or reduce your risk of certain health conditions (including cancer and heart disease) you should consider adding herbs and spices to your meals.

For instance, cayenne is known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to help boost metabolism. 

Why you should book a consultation

Choosing a fitness studio can be a big commitment as a bad experience can deter you from pursuing your health and fitness goals.

It’s important to find a studio (and trainers) where you feel comfortable and motivated to work towards your goals. This is why we offer 30-minute consultations, allowing you to sit down, one-on-one, with one of our Personal Trainers to discuss your individual needs and goals, as well as ask questions.

Learn about our studio, meet our trainers and find out how we can help you on your road to optimal health: www.bodysoul.ca/services/pt/consultations.html.

Studio Closure – Thanksgiving

Body & Soul will be closed Monday October 9th for Thanksgiving. The studio will re-open Tuesday October 10th at 6am. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend!

Persevere and overcome obstacles

Following are three tips to help you persevere and overcome obstacles on your health and fitness journey:

1. Adopt positive self-talk. Self-deprecating talk is disturbingly common, particularly as people compare themselves to other people – a phenomenon more common now that we are all so widely “connected” through social media platforms. Taking the time to reassure yourself and convince yourself of your worth can make a huge difference in helping you achieve your goals.

2. Establish realistic goals. If your goals aren’t attainable – whether due to your lifestyle or because the goals themselves are unrealistic – what’s the point? You will ultimately become stuck, sad, or angry and may ultimately give up.

3. Make a plan. It’s great that you want to achieve certain goals but how and when will you achieve them? Without a detailed plan (what, how and by when), you can’t effectively measure and note progress made.

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