Body & Soul Winter 2011 Newsletter

healthy for the holidays

The holidays are nearly upon us, and with them comes shopping for misunderstood teenagers, lives being risked hanging the Christmas lights, and odd combinations of family members sharing the guest room! With all this to look forward to, where can you find time to keep up your fitness? The answer is: Keep it simple! Here are three ways to help you stay healthy over the holidays:

  1. Stay active together! Try at least one new winter activity as a family. Snowshoeing, skating, tobogganing, and skiing – both downhill and cross-country – can all increase your heart rate! Did you know that the average adult burns 45% more calories snowshoeing than walking?
  2. Check out our website to discover Body & Soul's Healthy Holidays 10-day home exercise program. No special equipment is needed and there will be a new workout posted everyday from Dec 24 to Jan 2. Combine it with your winter activities and you'll return to the gym in January without missing a beat!
  3. Tired of turkey? Fish dishes can be a lighter meal choice for you and your family. Along with containing plenty of protein and fewer calories than turkey, fish is also a valuable source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are needed for proper metabolism.

Remember to implement any changes to your fitness routine slowly to avoid injuries. By following these suggestions you'll stay healthy for the holidays and even better, you'll start the new year in great shape!

Wyatt Seddon-Johnstone is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul


the gift of health holiday special

This holiday season give the gift of health with our holiday special: 5 personal training sessions for $350+tax. One special can be used per client but purchase as many specials as you like as gifts for family and friends. We also have gift certificates available for massage therapy, nutrition counselling and all of our other services. See the front desk or call us to get more information on giving the gift of health!


fitness tip: take a deep breath

Feeling stressed with the holidays? Take a deep breath. Your breath is accessible to you whenever you are feeling stressed and helps to bring your nervous system back to balance. Close your eyes and take 10 slow deep belly breaths. When you're done you'll feel calmer, more centred and more focused. Try this when you're out holiday shopping, stuck in traffic, or whenever you are feeling stressed.

Jennifer Leski is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer at Body & Soul


nutrition tip: healthier restaurants

Eating is a big part of the holiday season, and often this includes eating out. This holiday season try some of these healthier Vancouver restaurants for a holiday treat: Aphrodite Cafe, East is East, Organic Lives, Gorilla Foods, The Naam, Sejuiced, Whole Foods/Capers, Pair Bistro, Burgoo, Grub and try this new healthy bakery – Edible Flours. Enjoy the holiday season, and remember to eat in moderation.


club news

Holiday Fundraising: Body & Soul is pleased to be supporting Covenant House and the BCSPCA this holiday season. Please help us help them by dropping of needed items. See our in-studio displays for more details.

Holiday Closure: Please note Body & Soul will be closed Dec 24 to Jan 2 inclusively. We will be back Jan 3. Have a happy holiday everyone!

New! Open Sundays: Starting in January, Body & Soul will be open on Sundays from 7am to 3pm. You can now workout with us 7 days a week!

RMT Promotion: Our newest Registered Massage Therapist, Jenelle Ratcliffe, is offering 25% off any new client's first session until Dec 23.

New Staff Members: Body & Soul is pleased to welcome Personal Trainers Marcia DenHoed and William Reed to Body & Soul. Marcia worked with us a number of years ago and is back following a round the world adventure. William is a recent university graduate (BHK) and former athletic trainer. Body & Soul is also pleased to welcome new Front Desk Supervisor Kashif Chaudhry.

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Michelle Wong

Personal Trainer

Michelle has been a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul since September 2010. With her outgoing personality and upbeat nature she quickly became a favourite of both Body & Soul clients and her fellow staff members.

Michelle has a diploma in Sport Science from Douglas College, is a BCRPA certified Personal Trainer, a certified Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and has been a BCRPA certified Group Fitness Instructor since 2001. In addition to her extensive training, Michelle is also an experienced athlete having played competitive tennis, volleyball, and softball.

Michelle's goal is to make exercise fun by sharing her love for fitness one smile and one drop of sweat at a time. She is attentive and prides herself on listening to each client's specific needs and goals, and working to take them to the next level in their fitness.


trainer's corner

Q: What is dynamic stretching and why does my trainer have me do it?

A: Dynamic stretching is stretching through movement in a controlled manner. Your trainer will often have you do dynamic stretching after your warm-up because it prepares and activates both the mind and body for the pending workout. And, because you continue to move through these stretches, you are able to maintain the warmth in your body that was achieved in your warm-up. Studies have shown dynamic stretching increases range of movement, blood and oxygen flow to soft tissues – all important in preparing your body for your workout.

Michelle Wong is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul