Body & Soul April 2017 Newsletter
the power of a smile
Have you ever wondered why when someone smiles at you that you - often as a reflex - smile back? Researchers believe that this is due to the mirror neurons in our brain firing up at seeing another person smile.1 Read more...
For many people, smiling comes naturally but for others it takes more effort to bring a smile to their face. You might be interested to learn that turning that frown upside down - even if you aren't feeling particularly happy - can have a positive influence on your mood.
In 1872, Charles Darwin first postulated that an individual's emotional responses (i.e. smiling or frowning) could influence how they actually feel.2 Research continues to suggest that forcing yourself to smile, even for a short period of time, will help you perceive a situation more favourably than if you had frowned or showed no emotion at all. One example of how our facial expressions impact how we feel can be seen in a study published in 2008 in the Journal of Pain where subjects who were instructed to hold a pained expression while heat was applied to their forearm expressed feeling more pain than the other groups (i.e. those who held neutral or relaxed expressions).3 While more research is needed to fully understand the true power of a smile, the next time the weather has you down or you're having a bad day, try smiling and thinking positive thoughts to try and improve your mood!
fitness tip: avoid cutting corners
Sometimes it's easier to cut corners to speed up your workouts but doing so may not only hinder your results but could actually lead to serious injuries. Consider if you were to rush through lifts instead of controlling the weight as you lifted and lowered it. Read more...
Not only will controlling the motion ensure you are gaining all of the strength benefits of lifting the weight, but by ensuring you are in full control you will also avoid unnecessary strains and injuries.
nutrition tip: are you storing your food properly?
It's important to store your food properly to avoid having your food reach the temperature danger zone - the point in which bacteria may begin to grow on your food.4 The Government of Canada has provided a detailed list of how long certain foods (i.e. meats, dairy products, veggies, etc.) can be refrigerated and frozen before putting your health at risk. Read more...
It is also advised that when you shop for your groceries you get refrigerated and frozen foods at the end of your shopping trip to help preserve the food's quality and avoid having bacteria grow.
Studio Closure Reminder: Body & Soul will be closed Friday April 14th to Sunday April 16th for the Easter weekend. Studio will re-open Monday April 17th at 6am. We hope that you have a safe and lovely long weekend!
Shockwave Therapy: Dr. Case recently introduced Shockwave Therapy (ST) as part of his service mix. ST is able to treat a wide variety of issues including plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, shin splints, bursitis, frozen shoulder, bone spurs and more. ST can be incorporated into your regular treatment with Dr. Case.
New Staff Member: We are excited to welcome Ashley Kumar to the Front Desk Team!
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).