Body & Soul February 2017 Newsletter
turn it up!
The scientific study of how music impacts exercise began in 1911 after an American researcher noticed the impact live music had on the speed in which cyclists pedaled.1 For many people, music plays a big role in helping them meet the required intensity for their workout. The speed, tempo and energy in music can have a strong influence on your ability to work hard and bring your heart rate up to what is needed in order to achieve your individual goals. Read more...
What is it about music that helps motivate us to keep pushing through a tough workout? Costas Karageorghis, one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of exercise music, explained that as exercise can be quite tedious, people typically welcome the distraction of music.2 For some people, music has a way of making it seem like time is flying by because instead of stressing about those last couple of reps they are simply enjoying moving their body to the music.
When asked about their workout playlists, some staff and clients pointed out that the beat in rap and hip-hop is great for lifting weights whereas fast paced rock or pop songs are great for cardio intervals and circuit training. When you're in the studio, be sure to let us know what you like to listen to during your workout. We will do our best to accommodate your playlist requests!
fitness tip: work within your target heart rate
To get the most out of your workout, you should work within your target heart rate (HR); however, first you must identify your maximum HR (208-[0.7*age]) - the most your cardiovascular system can handle during your workout. Next you can determine at what percentage of your max HR you want to work within - your target heart rate. Typically, in order to improve and not simply maintain your current level of fitness, you need to work within 70-85% of your max HR. Talk to your trainer for more information.
nutrition tip: improving your heart health
What does it mean to eat heart healthy foods? It means selecting foods that benefit your heart and positively impact your cardiovascular health.3 Though you may think all fats are bad for your heart, the reality is that there are some great heart healthy fats that you should be including in your diet, including: monounsaturated fats (found in avocados, olive oil, etc.) and polyunsaturated fats (found in salmon, corn oil, etc.). Be heart healthy - include heart healthy fats in your diet, reduce and monitor your sodium intake and be sure to live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday February 13th for Family Day. Studio will re-open Tuesday February 14th at 6am. We hope you have a safe and lovely long weekend!
Testimonials: Do you absolutely love your training sessions, personal trainer(s) and/or the Body & Soul studio? Let us know! We are always looking for testimonials to add to our website.
New Staff Member: We are excited to welcome Michelle Bin to our Front Desk Team!
Run, Row or Cycle: Remember, for $25 a month Body & Soul clients can use the cardio equipment outside of their scheduled sessions. Conditions apply and tax will be added. Speak with our Front Desk to purchase a cardio package.