Body & Soul Spring 2011 Newsletter
Exercise plateaus are based on the physiological principle that the body is lazy, or just misunderstood. Or better yet, efficient. In other words, if you don't change your exercise patterns, your body will find an easier way to do them. For example, if you walk or run a 5 km route 3x/week over and over again, the body will figure out a way to cheat. However, in this case, cheating is fair because this newly acquired efficiency allows the body to progress to the next level. Read more...
One way to incorporate variety is to balance aerobic with anaerobic exercise. Aerobic training (easy to moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise) develops fat burning for quicker recovery from anaerobic exercise (intervals, strength training). Usually people prefer aerobic OR anaerobic training but limit their results by not doing both.
If you start an exercise session with a lot of strength and/or speed but fade quickly, you may need more aerobic exercise (ex. 20-60 minutes of running, cycling, rowing, etc.). However, if you start an exercise session slowly but improve with time, you may be anaerobically challenged. In this case, you may need to work on more interval sessions (1-3 minutes of higher intensity/speed with active recovery) and/or do more strength training.
Dr. Aaron Case is Body & Soul's resident chiropractor and an avid runner and marathoner. He focuses heavily on soft-tissue treatments (ART® and Graston®), gait analysis, and rehab to promote active recovery.
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Nutrition Tip: Not All Carbs are Created Equal
Not all carbohydrates are created equal; in fact, in our bodies they behave quite differently. Carbohydrates are broken down by a series of digestive enzymes and the rate at which glucose from these carbohydrates is released is based on the type of carbohydrate ingested. Read more...
To be successful in your weight goals stay away from refined grain products like granola bars and cereals. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates like brown rice and steelcut oats. These will help stabilize your blood sugar, which is significantly important to our overall health, and ultimately our waistlines.
Brittany Eidsness is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Body & Soul's resident nutrition expert
Fit Tip: Simple Fixes for Cardio Plateaus
If you've reached a plateau with your warm-up and cardio work try making a few simple changes to break the boredom and challenge your body in different ways. Try interval training, switching to a different cardio machine or heading outside. Read more...
Staying with the same routine can cause your body to adapt to that specific movement and intensity. By changing it up, even in a small way, you'll wake up your energy systems and remind them not to take a break during your cardio work.
Wyatt Seddon-Johnstone is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul
Grocery Store Tours: Our resident nutritionist, Brittany Eidsness, is now leading regular grocery store tours. Look for upcoming tours featuring a local healthy grocery store and tips on differentiating good fats from bad, when to buy organic and more.
Walking Group: Front Desk Supervisor Klara Staniszkis is gearing up for both the Pink Ribbon Walk for Breast Cancer in England and the Weekend to End Breast Cancer in Vancouver. She'll be running a Saturday walking group starting later this month and welcomes both clients and non-clients to participate.
Fundraising: Assistant Manager Yinny Chen is also heading abroad in the interest of helping others. She will be traveling to a small village in Peru where she will be helping the Yantalo Peru Foundation by teaching English to young children in a very poor rural community. Look for her fundraising display at the front desk for ways you can contribute.
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With his dynamic personality, high level of knowledge and amazing ability to teach and entertain, Wyatt is an all-round great trainer and an important part of the Body & Soul team. He is known for pushing his clients and bootcamp participants to reach their highest potential while teaching them proper technique and how to work hard and have fun all at the same time. Read more...
Wyatt attended post-secondary school on a soccer scholarship, graduating from Seattle Pacific University with his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Exercise Science in 2009. After graduation he worked as a physiotherapy assistant in North Vancouver before becoming a personal trainer at Body & Soul in July 2010.
Wyatt trains Monday to Thursday (morning and early afternoon) and Friday (afternoon and evening).
Q: Why does my trainer have me warm up before my workout?
A: The most common and most movable type of joint in our bodies is the synovial joint. Shoulders, elbows and knees are just a few examples of synovial joints in the human body. When we "warm up" we increase our body's core temperature and this makes the synovial fluid in the joints thinner Read more...
thus enhancing muscular movement and joint mobility – like letting a car warm up when it's cold outside. So put your key in, let your engine warm up, and have a great workout!
Gael Bishop is a Personal Trainer and RMT at Body & Soul