Body & Soul September 2016 Newsletter
september is arthritis awareness month
Did you know that arthritis can affect anyone at anytime regardless of age, ethnicity or physical condition?¹ According to The Arthritis Society, one in six adult Canadians lives with arthritis. Not surprisingly, most of us know someone who suffers from some form of arthritis and many of us have seen how debilitating it can be for those suffering from it. Read more...
For many people living with arthritis, the thought of exercise and physical activity can bring on anxiety as they fear it will worsen the pain or cause further joint issues; however, in most cases, exercise and being active actually helps to improve their quality of life.
Your fitness program - whether with a personal trainer or on your own - should be developed with consideration to cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance, and joint mobility. If you suffer from arthritis and have no experience in a gym setting it is important that you learn the proper form and technique required for every exercise - preferably from a fitness professional instead of the Internet - to avoid causing further damage to your joints. Posture, proper form and body awareness are important for everyone participating in an exercise program but are critical for those with joint problems.
In addition to exercise, many people have found relief from arthritic pain with the help of Registered Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Therapy, both of which can be found at Body & Soul. Alternative therapies should not replace doctor-prescribed medication.
fitness tip: control the movement of each exercise
As fatigue sets in, it can be difficult to maintain proper form; however, it is important to be in control of your body's movement with each exercise to avoid unnecessary strains or injury as well as to gain the full benefits of a given exercise. As an example, consider the movements of a complete push-up: it is important to maintain a tight core, neutral neck position and to control the motion of lowering your body to the floor, as opposed to letting gravity do its work.
nutrition tip: stay hydrated
Did you know that the feeling of 'being thirsty' typically means that you are already dehydrated? While dehydration can lead to minor issues like headaches, it can also lead to serious illnesses like heat stroke if not treated in a timely manner.² For most people, the word "hydration" generally elicits thoughts and images of drinking water but did you know that certain foods can also contribute to your hydration? There are several fruits and veggies - including cucumbers and strawberries - that can help you stay hydrated. For more information, check out this article.
Automated External Defibrillation (AED): We are excited to announce that we now have a defibrillator in the studio. This computerized medical device can be used to check heart rhythms and administer a shock in a cardiac emergency. Many of our personal trainers renewed/received training in June and are qualified to operate the defibrillator.
Client Perks: It is back to training for some of our regular clients this Fall. 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!
Book Your Chiropractic Treatment Online: Dr. Aaron Case (Chiropractor & ART Therapist) recently transferred his clinic management software to the extremely popular Jane App. Patients can now book appointments online and receive email reminders for upcoming appointments! Check out his website for more information or to book an appointment.