Body & Soul January 2016 Newsletter
hot therapy vs. cold therapy
At some point, we have all experienced muscle or joint pain and asked ourselves the burning question: heat or ice? When uncertain, many of us lean towards heat as we want to be warm and relaxed instead of cold and agitated; however, this can be the wrong choice and can actually exacerbate the problem further. Read more...
Applying heat in the way of a hot water bottle or heat wrap will help restore blood flow and circulation and is often used before an activity, such as exercise. On the other hand, applying cold therapy in the way of an ice or gel pack will help with inflammation and swelling and is often used after exercise or an activity that causes pain.
Generally, the consensus is that you should use heat for chronic pain and ice for acute injuries. It is important not to overdo either therapy as prolonged exposure to heat or ice can have adverse effects on your body. When in doubt, you should always speak with a health professional. While you can research your symptoms online if you require a timely answer, take care to look for credible sources before making your decision as the Internet is full of self-proclaimed experts and false information. One credible source, the Cleveland Clinic, provides some useful suggestions for some specific conditions here.
fitness tip: stretch to improve posture
Did you know that a hunched posture, with shoulders drawn forward, can be the result of tight pec muscles? While we work our pecs during exercise, we don't always treat them to a nice stretch after our workout. Consider the following: with your arm bent to 90 degrees place your forearm against an open doorway, stand with one foot in front and one behind for stability, and slowly push your chest forward. Hold for approximately 30 seconds before alternating arms. Stop if you feel pain.
nutrition tip: snack before you eat
Before a pre-planned dinner outing, do you often find yourself holding off on snacks in anticipation of a three course meal? If so, is it in an attempt to reduce your overall daily calorie intake? Studies suggest that eating a snack prior to going out may actually sate your appetite enough so that you eat less when dining out, compared to if you didn't eat a snack. Reading through the menu on an empty stomach is like doing your grocery shopping on an empty stomach; the decisions you make are made whilst feeling hungry and may not be the healthiest of choices.
Happy New Year!: Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break. Time to get back in the studio - we can't wait to see you!
Waitlist: Are the times and days you want to train fully booked? Are you available at short notice to train? Complete a waitlist slip in the studio and we will call you the day prior if a spot has opened up with your favourite trainer(s).
New Staff Member: We are pleased to welcome a new memeber to the Front Desk Team! Learn more about your favourite Body & Soul staff members here. Read more...
Client Perks: It is back to training for some of our regular clients. Don't forget about the following client perks: 1) referral program, 2) cardio package and 3) complimentary reassessments. Speak with our Front Desk team for more information!