Body & Soul August 2015 Newsletter
debunking fitness myths
When it comes to the fitness industry there is no shortage of misleading information. In an attempt to set the record straight, Body & Soul tackles some of the more common industry myths here: Read more...
- Weight training makes you look bulky. This is probably the most common myth (and fear) for people, especially women, hoping to lose weight or slim down. First, achieving a 'bulky' look is heavily dependent on testosterone, so while a focus on weight training can help men achieve larger muscles it is much harder for women to achieve such a look through weight training alone. Second, achieving a significantly 'bulky' look will depend greatly on genetics and the use of synthetic hormones (e.g. steroids).
- Lose your belly fat. If spot reduction of fat were possible, everyone would have a flat tummy. Studies continue to show that targeting a specific area of your body for fat loss is just not possible. When your body loses weight, the weight lost is spread across your entire body.
- Sit-ups + crunches = six-pack. No matter how many sit-ups and crunches you do, you may never achieve the alluring six-pack abdominals. Why? In the end, it comes down to the human body - your muscles are encompassed by fat which means that a layer of fat is covering your abdominal muscles and obstructing the view. In order to achieve a visible six-pack, you need to lose the fat surrounding your abdominals.
You body is capable of a lot, but even with the right diet and proper fitness program you may never be able to achieve every standard you set for yourself. Simply put, genetics play a large part in your body's ability to lose weight and gain muscle. It is important to develop realistic goals with respect to your body, limitations, fitness level and lifestyle.
fitness tip: squats 101
Squats are a great total lower body workout. Follow these simple tips to ensure your squats are safe, effective and challenging:
- Keep your knees over your toes (not beyond them).
- Keep your back straight with your head in a neutral position and your shoulder blades drawn down your back.
- When done correctly, squatting below parallel can actually enhance your knee stability. Stopping above parallel actually produces higher shearing forces on your knees.
Talk to your trainer about how squats can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Rebekah Litke is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul
nutrition tip: the importance of calcium and vitamin D
Did you know that when your body doesn't get enough calcium it can actually steal calcium from your bones in an effort to assist in various metabolic functions? While bone loss is typically an inevitable part of getting older, certain conditions and health issues resulting from bone loss, like osteoporosis, can be avoided by staying active (weight bearing exercises) and ensuring you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D. The Mayo Clinic provides a great deal of information on calcium-rich foods as well as the importance of avoiding a vitamin D deficiency.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Saturday September 5th to Monday September 7th for Labour Day weekend. The studio will re-open Tuesday September 8th at 6am. We hope you have a wonderful long weekend.
Did you know? Most extended health plans offer coverage for services provided by Registered Massage Therapists - we encourage you to review your plan to see if you are covered. Learn more about our massage therapist, Michael Sokalski.
Congratulations are in Order: Congratulations to Front Desk Supervisor, Laura Howren, and her husband on their recent nuptials! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, love and joy. We also want to congratulate Front Desk Supervisor, Caitlin Taylor, who recently accepted a marriage proposal from her long-time boyfriend!
Refer & Receive: Refer a new client who purchases a personal training package and receive a free session! Available for all clients with an open personal training package. Questions? Speak with a front desk staff member.