Body & Soul July 2017 Newsletter
july 5th is international injury prevention day
Unfortunately, injuries are an unavoidable part of life and can be a common occurrence when it comes to physical activity, particularly in the event of improper use of equipment or exercise-related accidents. There are, however, several ways you can prevent exercise-related injuries.
Focus and listen to your body. Focus on your body's movements, particularly when it comes to your form. Distractions can lead to uncontrolled and unplanned movements, which often lead to injury. Don't ignore your body's warning signs. While some degree of discomfort during and following your training session is normal, pain is typically a sign that you have injured yourself. Read more...
Set yourself up for success. Ensure your surroundings provide a safe place for exercise by avoiding slippery surfaces, ensuring equipment is properly stored when not in use and be sure to always wear proper (activity-specific) footwear (shoes designed to provide special support and flexibility for physical activity).
Know your limits. Pushing your body beyond its comfort zone is necessary to improve your health and fitness; however, it is important to be aware of your body's limitations. Pushing yourself beyond what your body can do is a sure-fire way to hurt yourself.
Plan recovery days. Your body needs time to recover and adapt to your exercise program.
Injuries are common when starting a fitness program; however, research has shown that working with a personal trainer not only generates results more quickly and efficiently but also with fewer injuries than training alone!
fitness tip: don't skip the chest stretch
Did you know that poor posture, specifically when your shoulders roll inwards, could be the result of tight pectoralis (chest) muscles? Tight chest muscles will not only affect your daily life but could complicate your exercise program as it will be much more difficult to maintain proper form and technique and could result in a greater chance or injury. For some great examples of chest stretches you can do with minimal or no exercise equipment, click here.
nutrition tip: should my workout program influence my diet?
Your workout program relies on the quality and amount of "fuel" your body is running on. Eating processed foods with little to no nutritional value will result in poor performance and will likely delay your progress in achieving your goals, whereas eating nutrient-rich whole foods will help your body meet the demands required to achieve your goals. If your goal is to improve strength then it may be important to re-evaluate your protein, carbs, caloric intake, etc. For more information on eating to improve strength, click here. For more personalized nutritional advice, we urge our clients to contact Eating for Energy.
Studio Closure: Body & Soul will be closed Monday August 7th for BC Day. Studio will re-open Tuesday August 8th at 6am. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend!
Michelle Returns: Surprise! Front Desk Supervisor Michelle Bin has returned to the front desk team for the summer. She is ecstatic to be back and can't wait to see all the familiar faces.
Summer Training: Is your trainer taking some time off this summer? We encourage you to speak with your trainer about other trainers who would be a good fit for you to ensure you can continue training in their absence. You can also check out our trainer profiles here.
Refer & Receive!: Every time you refer a new client who purchases a minimum of 10 personal training sessions or a small group training package, you will receive a complimentary session.