Body & Soul February 2016 Newsletter
february is ♥heart♥ month
According to The Heart & Stroke Foundation™ (HSF), someone dies from heart disease or stroke every seven minutes in Canada. That statistic alone is quite shocking, but what's even more interesting is that in many cases heart disease is actually preventable with a healthy diet, routine physical activity and reduced stress - all by-products of a healthy lifestyle. Read more...
- Healthy diet: Not only can a healthy diet go a long way towards your weight loss goals, but by maintaining a healthy weight you can reduce the risk of several forms of heart disease. Body & Soul urges clients seeking nutritional advice and counseling to contact Eating for Energy.
- Physical activity: HSF urges adults to partake in a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous activity. Think about it: three training sessions a week at Body & Soul and you're set!
- Stress: Reducing stress by changing aspects of your everyday life isn't always practical. One great way to reduce stress is to spend time with and learn from children and animals. Kids and dogs, for example, are naturally playful, imaginative and fun to watch and play with.
Some people claim they don't have time or can't afford to make these types of changes. However, making time for a healthy lifestyle now could prevent spending a lot of time later battling a preventable illness. And getting active doesn't have to cost anything (walk, run, play!). We encourage everyone to make a healthy lifestyle a priority!
fitness tip: increase intensity to improve progress
It might be time to consider taking your training to the next level. Changing the intensity of a particular exercise may be as simple as increasing the weight and/or number of reps and sets or it could be achieved by increasing the difficulty. Increasing the difficulty of an exercise can be accomplished by progressing from a modified or beginner version of an exercise (i.e. push-ups from your knees) to an advanced or intermediate version of that same exercise (i.e. push-ups from your toes).
nutrition tip: add turmeric to your meals
Studies continue to show that turmeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, has many health benefits. While it is generally known that turmeric helps boost immunity and has anti-inflammatory properties, many experts believe that it may also help improve brain health, reduce the risk of cancer and improve heart disease. While further research is needed to confirm these results, why not start adding turmeric to your meals today? Note: People on doctor-prescribed medications should consult with their doctor before using turmeric-based supplements as they may counteract some medications.
Physiotherapy: Body & Soul is excited to welcome Physiotherapist Michael Hales of Halestorm Physiotherapy & Sport Conditioning, to our Wellness Wing Team! Fun fact: Michael is a former Body & Soul Personal Trainer!
February 14th: This Valentine's Day, give your loved one the gift of registered massage therapy. Gift certificates are available at the front desk. Learn more about our registered massage therapist, Michael Sokalski.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday February 8th for Family Day. Studio will re-open Tuesday February 9th at 6am. We hope you have a nice and safe long weekend.
New Staff Member: Nicole Britton has joined our Front Desk Team. Learn more about your favourite staff members here.