Body & Soul August 2017 Newsletter
the fight against childhood obesity
According to a study published by the Association for Psychological Science, parents who consider their child to be overweight may inadvertently be 'helping' their child gain weight. The study, which followed nearly 3,000 Australian families for almost 10 years, found that the children whose parents initially perceived them to be overweight were more likely to have a negative view about their bodies down the road.1 While there wasn't concrete evidence showing that the parents' perception directly caused the children's weight gain, it surely raises questions about how we handle this epidemic. Read more...
During the summer months it can be particularly difficult to keep children active in the absence of seasonal or school sports programs. However, the summer is a great time to plan activities for the whole family to stay active - consider hiking, swimming or some casual soccer or Frisbee at the local park! You can also count on our Personal Trainers to help get and keep your kids active, improve sports performance, increase confidence, get the individual guidance and motivation they may not otherwise be getting and, most importantly, help reduce their chances of becoming an overweight adult. Helping children develop healthy habits gives them a much greater chance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle in their teenage years and into adulthood.
Let us help you give them a better future. School is just around the corner, making this a great time to improve their confidence and help them start their next year off right!
fitness tip: squat variations to consider
Squats are an incredibly versatile exercise that can be modified to fit into almost anyone's fitness program. You should consider introducing squat variations into your workout program to help improve balance and build stronger support muscles for your joints. You can increase the intensity of the standard squat by instead performing goblet squats (with weight), jump squats, single-leg squat variations, etc. Talk to your trainer to see what squats (if any) are a good fit for your workout program.
nutrition tip: summer eating tips
The summer is a great time for social gatherings like barbecues and picnics; however, many of our favourite summer snacks and meals do not help us achieve our long-term nutritional goals. To ensure you finish off the summer without compromising your nutrition, consider the following tips: 1) opt for a lettuce wrap for your burger instead of a bun, 2) ask for salad dressing to be put on the side so you can control how much you use, 3) opt for baked or grilled foods over fried foods, 4) be aware of portion sizes (don't hesitate to save half for later) and 5) stay hydrated!
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday September 4th for Labour Day. Studio will re-open Tuesday September 5th at 6am. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend.
New Staff Member: Body & Soul is excited to welcome Stephanie Allen to the Front Desk Team!
Congratulations Caitlin!: Congratulations to former Body & Soul Front Desk Supervisor Caitlin Taylor and her wonderful husband on their recent nuptials! Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness, love, laughter and joy.
Waitlist: Are the times and days you want to train fully booked? Are you available to train at short notice? 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).