Body & Soul February 2015 Newsletter
if you see signs of a stroke act FAST
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada - with an estimated 50,000 strokes in Canada each year. Many of us have already been affected by a stroke - either personally or with a loved one. Strokes can affect anyone, even children.
In the moment of a stroke, panic sets in which can make it difficult to identify a stroke. The HSF has provided a great deal of information to help recognize a stroke when it happens - the key is to act FAST. 1) Face: is it drooping? 2) Arms: can you raise both? 3) Speech: is it slurred? 4) Time: call 9-1-1 immediately!
While we can't control all factors that might lead to a stroke, one factor we can control is our level of physical activity. Ensuring you get regular physical activity will help reduce your risk of various health issues, including heart disease and stroke. You are never too old or too inactive to start your journey to optimal health and fitness - call us to book a complimentary consultation and start your journey today!
fitness tip: cardio fitness benefits strength training
If you want to improve your strength, you shouldn't ignore your cardiovascular fitness. Good aerobic fitness is required to help our bodies effectively and efficiently recover during, and after, a good strengthening workout. A well trained cardiovascular system can ensure that our active tissue meets its metabolic demand, and can clear metabolic waste at a faster pace to allow you to perform and recover much better during, and after, your strength training workouts. Talk to your personal trainer to find out what sort of training is best to help you achieve your specific health and fitness goals.
Armin Ghayyur is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul
nutrition tip: the F word
The word "fat" often elicits feelings of sadness, embarrassment and anger. However, did you know that good fats can actually help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood which can lower your risk of heart disease? While there are harmful types of fat found in foods, there are two types of unsaturated - good - fats: 1) monounsaturated fats, found in avocados and olive oil and 2) polyunsaturated fats, which can be found in salmon and corn oil. So don't let this "F" word scare you, some fats are actually an essential part of your diet. For more information on good fats, check out the CDC's nutrition information here.
Give the Gift of Therapy: This Valentine's Day give your loved one the gift of Registered Massage Therapy. Massage is offered in 45, 65 and 90 minute sessions. Registered Massage Therapist, Dainis Viskers, employs a variety of techniques in his treatments including joint mobilizations, myofascial release and deep tissue therapy. Gift certificates are available at our Front Desk.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday February 9th for Family Day. Studio will re-open Tuesday February 10th at 6am. We hope you have a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and good memories.
New Staff Members: Body & Soul is pleased to officially welcome Tevis Toro to the Personal Training Team! Tevis is a BCRPA, INFOFIT and CanFitPro Certified Personal Trainer with four years of personal training experience.
Cardio Package: Are you struggling with your New Year's resolutions? Don't forget about our cardio package! Clients with an open personal training package can use the studio's cardio equipment any time they want. Conditions apply. Speak with our front desk staff for more information.
Armin is a BCRPA certified Personal Trainer and has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Active Health and Rehab. He has also completed the BC Sports Aid Program.
Armin has over 6 years personal training experience including working at a rehab wellness centre where he worked with clients with acute and chronic injuries, cardiac rehabilitation and history of stroke. He is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Physiotherapy.
Armin believes that the benefits of every exercise program should be supported with scientific evidence. His clients include seniors, athletes, those recovering from injury or illness and individuals looking to improve their posture. His specialties include rehab training and sport specific training (especially basketball and football).
Q: Is it possible to spot reduce fat?
A: Unfortunately, spot reduction is a myth. Doing a half hour of core workouts a day may help you to build your abdominal muscles, but that alone will not give you a six pack. To lose body fat, you must be eating at a caloric deficit. The body will lose fat all over somewhat evenly; you can't control which areas to make the fat disappear from. Every body is different, and you will notice the fat loss in some areas sooner than others.
The last places women tend to lose fat are the thighs, buttocks and stomach. Men will usually lose their stomach fat last as well. The lower your body fat, the harder it is to continue losing it. To lose fat from those "stubborn" areas, you must stay dedicated to your dietary and exercise goals.
Heather Williams is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul
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