Body & Soul October 2016 Newsletter
october 29th is world stroke day
You may recall having read similar articles in older fitness file issues, but we simply cannot stress the importance of this topic! According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation™, stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada with approximately 50,000 Canadians suffering from a stroke each year... Read more...
As you may know, strokes can affect anyone (even children) and there are several factors that increase your chances of having a stroke, including: being overweight, being inactive, excessive drinking, smoking, high cholesterol, etc.¹ What you may not know is that many people who have suffered from a stroke are able to recover quite well in the event that someone recognizes the symptoms and acts quickly. If you see signs of a stroke, remember to act FAST.
- Face: is their face drooping?
- Arms: can they raise their arms?
- Speech: can they speak properly or are their words slurred?
- Time: call 9-1-1 immediately!
The key is to act fast as time is a critical factor when someone is suffering from a stroke. In the end, we can't control all factors that might lead to a stroke; however, one factor we can control is our level of physical activity. Living an active and healthy lifestyle will help reduce your risk of a variety of health issues, including heart disease and stroke. For more information about World Stroke Day, including how you can get involved, click here.
fitness tip: lunge progression
Are you growing bored of the "static" lunge? Like many exercises, you can revise lunges to accommodate your fitness level; for instance, increasing the difficulty by adding weight or progressing from a static lunge to a forward lunge and subsequently to a walking lunge, a reverse lunge and so on. Progression - with any exercise - is important as it prevents you from reaching a plateau and keeps your workouts fresh and interesting. For more progression tips, talk to your trainer.
nutrition tip: bloating and gas buildup
Do you feel "bloated" after eating a big meal? Does this sometimes lead to stomach pain? Bloating and gas buildup are often the result of eating too quickly, having sensitivities to certain foods or swallowing air whilst eating and/or drinking. They can also result from eating high portions of certain foods, including: beans, dairy, whole grain foods, etc.² To prevent excessive bloating, you may want to consider smaller portions of foods you know can cause bloating and gas buildup. If you are thinking about making changes to your current diet, we urge you to consult the experts at Eating for Energy.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday October 10th for Thanksgiving. Studio will re-open Tuesday October 11th at 6am. We hope you have a safe and lovely long weekend!
Auf Wiedersehen Isabel!: We are extremely sad to say goodbye to Body & Soul Personal Trainer Isabel Verse; however, we are incredibly proud to announce she has been accepted into medical school in Germany! No words can express how much we will miss you, but as you so often remind us, it is important to "keep moving - physically and mentally." Congratulations Isabel! We wish you the best of luck and can't wait for an update!
Congratulations are in Order: Congratulations to Front Desk Supervisor, Melissia Isic, and her husband - former Body & Soul Personal Trainer Davor Isic - on their recent nuptials! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, love, laughter