Body & Soul September 2015 Newsletter
While some people consider Health Canada's regulation process of Natural Health Products (NHPs) to be superior to that of the United States FDA, regulation in Canada is still far from perfect. While Health Canada aims to authorize all NHPs sold in Canada, the reality is that there are products on the market that have not been fully evaluated - these products are considered "exemptions" and have passed only an initial assessment. As a result, consumers need to be critical in believing claims made about NHPs and should research new products thoroughly in addition to speaking with their doctor. Read more...
Consumers should be extra cautious when purchasing products from another country, either in person or online; many supplement products from other countries have been known to include ingredients not listed on the label. When looking into a dietary supplement or new product, particularly if they are marketed to help you achieve quick results, ask yourself the question, "Does it sound too good to be true?" If so, then it probably is.
There is no doubt that some people have achieved incredible and lasting results with certain supplements and natural health products but we are confident that those people 1) took their doctor's advice, 2) used the products properly and under the supervision of their doctor and 3) committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle.
fitness tip: take time to cool down
A cool down consists of a low-intensity activity following a moderate or high-intensity workout and generally only takes a few minutes. Why is a cool down important? An appropriate post-workout cool down will help prevent dizziness, grey vision and venous pooling. The general rule of thumb is to let your heart rate get back down to below 120 beats per minute before you allow yourself to sit or lie down. So before you stretch out after a workout, be sure to take the time to cool down and slow your breathing.
Heather Willams is a Personal Trainer at Body & Soul
nutrition tip: fibre facts
Did you know the average person consumes less than half the daily recommended amount of fibre? Ensuring you get enough fibre in your diet is extremely important as it helps to maintain blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and much more. If you are interested in increasing your dietary fibre intake, the Heart & Stroke Foundation™ provides a list of changes you can make to ensure you meet your daily fibre intake goal.
Welcome Back!: With Summer coming to an end, it is back to training for some of our regular clients. We hope you had a nice Summer break and can't wait to see you back in the studio!
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday October 12th for Thanksgiving. The studio will re-open Tuesday October 13th. We hope you have a wonderful long weekend.
New Staff Members: Body & Soul would like to welcome Andrew Tait to the Personal Training Team. Andrew comes to Body & Soul with a strong passion for the health and fitness industry.
Waitlist: Are the times and days you want to train fully booked? Are you available at short notice to train? Ask one of our front desk staff members to add you to our waitlist - we will call you the day prior if a spot has opened up with your favourite trainer(s).