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Intro special - $20 unlimited spinning, yoga and kettlebell for 1 week!
This offer is for those who are new to Energia - Sign up for one week of unlimited spinning, yoga and kettlebell! Call 416.406.6664 for details.
Intro to yoga 4 week series starts april 14th -
free for members & monthly passholders
Learn the basics at a slower pace and in a relaxed environment. Each week will build upon the previous week so that by week 4, you will have practiced sun salutations, several standing & seated yoga poses as well as yoga breathing ( pranayama ). Suited for those with little or no yoga experience. Space is limited to 12 participants so book early. Saturdays from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. $55.00 plus HST.
Intro to meditation - 4 week series starts april 15th -
50% off for members & monthly passholders
Meditation is the practice of quietening the mind so that we can think more clearly and go about our daily activities with less angst and more ease and joy. In this special 4 week series we will practice some techniques to help us do just that. Lea has spent the last 5 years studying & participating in several meditation programs both locally and internationally to come up with a suite of styles and techniques, one or more of which will be sure to connect with every participant. In this series we will explore the following: breath awareness, walking meditation, mantra meditation, contemplation and chakra meditation. No meditation experience necessary. Sundays from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm $55.00 plus HST.
High intensity outdoor bootcamps may 8th
Our next outdoor bootcamp series with Chrissy starts on Tuesday May 8th. These high intensity sessions in Riverdale Park are a combination of bodyweight and plyometric exercises, running, skipping, hill work and more! It's challenging and fun, and the consistency of two times per week will really fire up your metabolism leading to strength building and weight loss. This is a 4 week series with two sessions per week happening Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can sign up for the early morning series which happens at 6:30 am, or the evening sessions at 6:30 pm. Come out and enjoy the warm summer weather and get a great workout! Advanced sign-up is necessary - $120 for all 8 sessions - NEW - only $60 for members & monthly pass-holders!
nutritionist corner with Dayna Fradette
Exercise, Nutrition and your Immune System
With the numerous spring marathons, races, kettlebell competitions and cycling races approaching, it is important to keep your immune system in check. While moderate training boosts your immune system, strenuous exercise can actually suppress your immune system. During periods of intense training or competition, many of us find that we become more susceptible to colds and infections. For example, marathon runners may be wonderfully healthy leading up to the race, but for several weeks after the intense effort of race day many of them may become ill. Many studies show that this suppression of the immune system is closely related to nutrition. A balanced diet that provides plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, vitamins and minerals is recommended. Here are some practical ways of combating exercise related suppression of immunity:
What You Need:
- Make sure you eat enough! Match your calorie intake and expenditure: under-eating will increase your stress levels and weaken your immune system.
- Ensure you are consuming plenty of foods rich in immune boosting nutrients â€“ Vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, iron and magnesium. Best sources are fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.
- Avoid low carbohydrate diets. Having low glycogen stores is associated with suppression of immune cells.
- Drink plenty of water. Drinking water increases your saliva production, which contains anti-bacterial proteins that can fight off air-borne germs.
- Ensure that your protein intake is adequate so that your body has the amino acid building blocks to make the proteins you need for healthy immune function. The amino acid glutamine may reduce the risk of catching a post-race cold. Glutamine is found in protein rich foods like fish, eggs, spinach, cabbage, kale, beans and dairy products.
- Echinacea taken for up to 3 weeks during intense training may boost immunity and reduce the risk of catching a cold by stimulating the bodyâ€™s own production of immune cells.
- Consume a sports drink during intense exercise lasting longer than 45 minutes. This can reduce stress hormones and decrease the drop in your immune system after exercise.
Try this basic electrolyte sports drink that can be made at home with all-natural ingredients: Blend the following ingredients into a smooth liquid. The juice of 1/2 of a lemon and 1/4 lime and puree with 3 dates, 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp. of agave nectar and 1 tsp. of coconut oil. Add sea salt to taste. Recipe source: Brendan Brazier, "Thrive Fitness". Dayna Fradette, Registered Holistic Nutritionist