Body & Soul November 2014 Newsletter

will exercise help your ailment?

Did you know? 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!

Take arthritis as an example; many people with arthritis 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. 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.). Consult with a health professional to better understand what you can do to improve your health.

At Body & Soul, we offer complimentary consultations to help newcomers 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.

fitness tip: boost your metabolism with complexes

Complexes are perfect for people who want to boost their metabolism without spending time on cardio machines. To complete a complex circuit, one moves through a predefined set of exercises without putting the weight down. The chosen exercises should, together, work most points of your body - giving you a full body workout (consider a combination of squats and dead lifts). Use a weight that is lighter than you are used to, one that you can manage for the hardest exercise (remember, you are to avoid putting the weight down). Complete 5-8 repetitions of one exercise and immediately move on to the next; repeat until you've completed a set of all (5-6) exercises. You should rest for about three minutes between sets. In addition to improving your cardiovascular fitness and strength endurance, complexes will raise your heart rate and boost your metabolism.

Isabel Verse is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul

nutrition tip: understanding food labels

Do you know what your food labels mean? When you hear the term "organic" the words "natural", "green" or "high quality" might come to mind but did you know that products containing the organic logo may not actually be 100% organic? In fact, organic products, ones containing the logo, must have organic content that is greater than or equal to 95%. For some people this may be no issue at all, but it may be a big deal for people with specific health concerns or values. Another interesting fact is that while "free range" chickens have access to the outdoors, there are no specific requirements regarding the length of time they spend outdoors or the type of environment they have access to. When in doubt, you should always contact the company for specific details about how the foods or animals they care for are treated and handled. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency provides a great deal of information about food labels, and what you should know, here.

club news

Run, Row or Cycle for Free!: To help you get in shape for the holidays, Body & Soul is encouraging clients to use the cardio equipment at no extra charge! For the month of November, our Cardio Package is free for all active Personal Training clients! Speak with our front desk staff for more information.

Dainis Returns: Registered Massage Therapist, Dainis Viskers, returned to work last month after undergoing knee surgery. For more information about massage therapy, or to book sessions, please speak with our front desk staff.

Reassess Your Fitness: Be sure to reassess your health and fitness before the New Year! All clients with an active one-on-one or partner training package can book a complimentary reassessment with their personal trainer.

Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed this Remembrance Day, Tuesday November 11th. Studio will re-open Wednesday November 12th at 6am.

Isabel Verse

Personal Trainer

Isabel has a Master's degree in Fitness and Business; specialized training in rehabilitation, nutrition, and health psychology; and is a Pilates instructor.

Specializing in a holistic approach to personal training, Isabel combines her knowledge of fitness, nutrition and health psychology to provide her clients with the tools they need to make complete health and lifestyle changes. In addition to Personal Training, Isabel is also available for one-on-one Pilates sessions.


trainer’s corner

Q: If I experience soreness, should I take time off from working out?

A: In some cases, feelings of soreness may be perceived as a positive result of a hard workout as it is an indication that there has been cellular damage to the involved structures and they are in the process of rebuilding themselves to become stronger. In other cases, soreness can be a sign that you pushed your body too hard; for instance, you may be so sore following a workout that you are not able to lift your arms or walk. In the event that you push yourself too hard, exercising the following


Armin Ghayyur is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul



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