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July 2012


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July 23rd - August 17th
August 20th - September 14th
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These  1-hour "Body Blitz" classes are quite popular and may fill up quickly.
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And, if you're concerned about the Summer sun, the Early Morning classes (5:30 AM) are the best opportunity to avoid the heat.

FitnesstipWorkout Tricks 

Fitness Tip


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I'm often asked

"When is the best time of day to work out?"


Well, the answer to that is really "Whatever time works best for you to be able to commit the time AND maintain the commitment over an extended period of time."  Perhaps, you're a "morning person".  You find it easy to get up and get out of the house, and love to get in your exercise before taking on the day.  Or, maybe you're a "night owl" and prefer to deal with the stress of the day with a good, hard, workout.


In addition to those considerations, there's a lot of other factors to think about - your family's schedule, your work schedule.  But, the most important one is your ability to commit the

time and stick to

that commitment.


Determine what works for you and then make an appointment with yourself to get on with your

fitness regime.

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Nutrition Food For Thought 

Nutrition Tip


  Sports Drink


There are a lot of drinks out there that are promoted as "workout" and/or "recovery" drinks. Well, did you know that you can save money and, with minimal effort, make

your own drink?


Here's a simple recipe:

Juice of � lemon

Juice of � lime

2 dates

1 cup of water

1 cup of coconut water 

1 tbsp agave nectar

1 tsp coconut oil


Mix it up in a blender, as you need it, or mix up a big batch and store it in your fridge.


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Here's a brief look at what we've got for you in this issue:

ARTICLE- Food Additives To Avoid

A recent article on the website listed their "Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid".  While we agree with a majority of what they've detailed, there is some disagreement (from various sources) on the validity of some of what's presented.  Read more . . 


PROMOTION- Are You Ready? 

Are you ready?  For the sun that is.  Summer's here and we all know that means lots of hot weather, outdoor activities and FUN!  Read more . .


Workout Tricks (Fitness Tip)

Each month, we share a fitness related tip/suggestion/tidbit.  These may be specific to a particular exercise, or may be more general in nature. Read more . .

Food For Thought (Nutrition Tip)

Each month, we also share a nutrition related tip/suggestion/tidbit.  Again, these may be specific to a particular food group, health issue and/or may be more general in nature.  Read more . .



Food Additives To Avoid



I recently read an article on the website that listed their "Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid".  While I do agree with a majority of what they've detailed, you should know that there is some disagreement (from various sources) on the validity of some of what's presented.


Here's their "Top 10" list of villains:
  1. Artificial sweeteners, in particular Aspartame;
  2. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS);
  3. Monosodium glutamate (MSG);
  4. Trans fat;
  5. Common food dyes (Blue 1 & 2, Red #3, Yellow #6 and Yellow Tartrazine);
  6. Sodium sulfite;
  7. Sodium nitrate/nitrite;
  8. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT);
  9. Sulphur dioxide; and,
  10. Potassium bromate.

There are some entities, including the USFDA and Health Canada, that believe Aspartame IS safe to use.  Well, although it may be "safe", is it beneficial to your health?  Artificial sweeteners make food sweeter but don't provide any other nutrients.  They have a different chemical makeup than naturally occurring sugars, so the amount you need to produce a sweet taste is different than for sugars.  Be careful, and remember, "artificial" anything is NOT real food.


High-fructose corn syrup is another highly refined "artificial" sweetener.  It's been a cornerstone of the food and beverage industry since it began to be produced on a large scale in the 1970's.  It's sweeter than sugar and helps extend the shelf life of processed foods.  As a mixture, its chemical composition differs from sucrose, and some say that's critical in its effect on the human body.


Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a "flavour enhancer" in too many foods to list.  But, in Canada, it's NOT regulated as a food additive.  In fact, the Health Canada website states "While there is no regulatory limit to the amount of MSG that may be added to food, the amount of MSG added should be at levels consistent with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)."  Do you really want to rely on the manufacturer to follow some form of healthy guideline?


Trans Fat?  Enough has been said on this topic that there's no need to regurgitate all the "bad for you" information here.  It's sufficient to say - AVOID IT whenever possible!


With respect to the food colour dyes, the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations currently allow manufacturers to use the general term "colour" for one or more food colours.  As a result, it may not always be easy to determine what's in your food.  So, if you see one of those listed above on the label, be very wary.


The remaining "culprits" are either preservatives (that's how a Twinkie stays "fresh" for SO long), colourants or "flavour enhancers".  Again, they're not "natural" to the foods that they've been added to and they provide no nutritional value.  You should be cognizant of this when reading your labels. 


It's been said that people will probably spend more time actively researching their next new car, phone or high-tech device than they do in researching what toxins may be in the food they eat and feed to their children.  Really, does that make sense?  I'm hoping that's not accurate.


But, please, don't simply take what we say as the "be-all or end-all" of your health information.  Be your own health advocate.  Research, get the answers, find the alternatives and then act accordingly.  It does take some time and effort, but you'll not only be wiser for your efforts, you'll be MUCH healthier.


And, remember, if you want help with your nutrition, Nutritional Counselling (and assistance) is included as part of our Group Training classes or it can be an add-on service to our other fitness options.  Contact the office for more information.



Are You Ready?



For the hot weather that is. 


Summer has arrived and we all know that means lots of hot weather, outdoor activities and FUN!


But, you need to think of protecting yourself from some of those rays and ensuring that you stay properly hydrated when you're enjoying yourself.

In addition to advocating the use of sunscreen, to help with the protection, keep the sun out of your eyes and shade your face, we have some great, light-weight ball caps for only $8 (plus HST).
SS Water BottlesAnd, we still have a great deal on our stainless steel water bottles at only $10 (plus HST).

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