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Body & Soul October 2017 Newsletter
how optimism can affect your health
Several studies have been conducted to better understand how optimism affects one’s health. The results? Researchers continue to find that optimism can actually positively impact one’s health and help with recovery.

Optimism is perhaps best described as “an inclination to put the most favourable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.”1 Essentially, someone with an optimistic outlook will generally try to find the good in everything, even in their own personal struggles.

In one study that observed angioplasty patients over a six-month period, people who were considered pessimistic (as per a pre-operative psychological evaluation) were three times more likely to have a heart attack than those who were considered optimistic.2 Another study in which nearly 7,000 University of North Carolina students were monitored for 40 years (starting in the mid-sixties) showed that highly pessimistic individuals had a 42% higher rate of death than those who were considered highly optimistic.2 Finally, a study out of Illinois looked at how optimism affects heart health and found that those who were considered highly optimistic have “twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts.”3

Research continues to look at how optimism affects our overall health but the general consensus is that those who have a positive outlook are much more likely to stay healthy and enjoy their lives! Are you an optimist?
fitness tip: monitoring your blood pressure (BP)
If you have high blood pressure it means your heart is working much harder to pump blood throughout the body. For those with high blood pressure, jumping into a fitness program without considering your BP, and without the supervision of a fitness professional, can be dangerous. For instance, pushing your body too hard or holding your breath while performing lifts (a common reaction) can dramatically increase your BP which increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. While there is no cure for high blood pressure, it can be managed. 
nutrition tip: pre workout snacks
Some people refrain from eating a pre-workout snack due to a lack of time or fear of consuming unnecessary calories. The issue with working out on an empty stomach is that you’ll likely struggle with energy (and risk passing out) as your body isn’t fuelled to meet the demands required of it, which can ultimately delay any health and fitness progress you were hoping to achieve. What you choose to eat before your workout will depend on how long you intend to exercise for and at what intensity. The Dietitians of Canada outline some great snack choices and tips to help you fuel your body for your workout!
club news

Studio Closure Reminder: Body & Soul will be closed Monday October 9th for Thanksgiving. Studio will re-open Tuesday October 10th at 6am. We hope that you have a lovely long weekend!

New Staff Member: We are excited to welcome Nick Chappel to the Front Desk Team! Nick comes to Body & Soul with a strong background in customer service and administration.

Halloween: Join us Tuesday October 31st as we celebrate Halloween! This year’s theme will be announced via in-studio posters.

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).
Ashley Kumar
Front Desk Supervisor
Ashley was born and raised in Vancouver. While active in a variety of sports during her childhood, her true passion lies in martial arts training. A passion that began as the result of a strong desire to learn self-defense and be a role model for younger women, she has acquired over 10 years of experience training in Don-Jitsu-Ryu and has even competed internationally. Ashley is currently completing her degree in Arts at Thompson Rivers University and hopes to start a career teaching children with disabilities.

When she isn’t at Body & Soul, Ashley is working and training at her martial arts academy or enjoying the beautiful outdoors. With over five years of experience in customer service and with an incredibly positive attitude and warm personality, Ashley is a great fit for our Front Desk Team!
physio’s corner
Q: How might I build my workout program in anticipation of winter activities?
A: While snow peaked mountains are still a few months away, now is a great time to re-focus your training program to gear up for winter sports. 

Identifying the physiological and biomechanical demands of your winter sport is the first step in program design. Once you have identified your demands, it is important to assess and identify your ‘weak links,’ which refer to the areas you will want to emphasize the most in order to minimize the chance of injury, and maximize your performance.

Implementing a specific program between 8-16 weeks in advance of partaking in winter activities will allow for steady adaptations to be made without overloading your system. Having a qualified healthcare or fitness professional to design your program and identify impairments is highly recommended for a strong and healthy winter season of activity.

Michael Hales is a registered physiotherapist and owner of Halestorm Physiotherapy here at Body & Soul. To find out how physiotherapy can help you,visit
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