Wednesday, March 25, 2020


With all the craziness that’s going on in the world now’s the time to be MORE ALIVE - to rise to the occasion.  

-It’s time to use Covid-19 as a Game Changer
- It’s time to get away from the dark side of human nature.
- It’s time to change your habits to strengthen your body and mind for a Healthy Life. 

Follow these principles to be a better you;

- Sleep at least 7 hours per night. You recover and heal at night.
- Physical Activity is a must! We must move the body!  Exercise and mood are connected, it improves your immune system and strengthens your body.
- Empower yourself with Mindfulness and Meditation - do at least 10 minutes to increase positive emotions, boost your energy and relieve stress.
- Hydration - water is the elixir of life, include herbal teas, infused water and water-rich fruits and veggies.
- Eat whole food plant based nutrition - emphasize on raw and alkaline based foods and limit oil consumption.
- Eliminate or drastically reduce processed foods, dairy, eggs, gluten and highly refined sugar to stop inflammation. (Most plants reduce inflammation, meat increases inflammation)
- Reduce toxins by avoiding GMO and farmed foods and eat organic and NonGMO as much as possible.
- Finish dinner before 7pm and do not eat until morning. Intermittent Fasting helps support the Autoimmune system by allowing your body to purge your old cells.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol.  Both have a negative effect on your immune system.
- Limit time on technology - Keep electronics out of the bedroom. Stress related to Digital Dementia is now a common but avoidable concern.
- Build your support system - Community, family and friends make you feel better - reaching out to others under stress, either to seek support or to help someone else releases oxytocin which helps you recover from stress and become healthier.

It’s time for change - let’s make it a good one!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


I recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, we are at an unprecedented time for everyone - filled with uncertainty.  Dynabody Fitness & Health takes the safety and well-being of others with the utmost of importance.   

At Dynabody, human interaction, even in a pandemic, is important.  We strive for connections, and we need to adapt to how we interact.  We should not let fear rule our lives. So currently classes are planned to continue after spring break.

However, Classes WILL START a week later than scheduled.  April 14th and 16th, 2020.

Below are precautionary steps to be taken at Dynabody Total Fitness Classes (when resumed);

·         Social distancing is required.  Mats used are to be spread far apart (1 meter minimum). 
·         Equipment (including mats) will be cleaned with disinfectant prior to use.
·         Equipment will not be shared between participants. 
·         Bootcamp style circuits and Partner work will be postponed temporarily.
·         Physical contact in classes are to be eliminated.
·         Common Sense Will Prevail!  Wash your hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds); Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; Cover your cough or sneeze.
·         If you appear to be sick (symptoms like; fever, coughing, sneezing or shortness of breath), please STAY HOME.  You need to recover NOT wear down the body!  Or, chance spreading what you have.

What You Can Do
Nothing is more important than keeping ourselves, our friends, our family and communities healthy.   Here are some ways you can put your health first;

1) Practice Good Hygiene
Use COMMON SENSE.  This is a wake up call for everyone to take grounded, sensible precautions;
Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. The temperature of the water does not appear to affect microbe removal.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and keep your hands away from your face.

2) Help Boost Your Immune System
Help your body fight and recover from an illness.  Eat a nutrient-dense whole foods consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains (organic/NonGMO preferred).  Add ginger and garlic.  Avoid sugar, refined grains, processed or packaged foods.

Consider additional supplements proven to help support immunity such as a high-quality multivitamin, vitamin C, Vitamin D & K, magnesium, and omega-3s. 

Focus on Nasal breathing - keeping your mouth closed, breathe through your abdomen.

This is where I practice my Wim Hof Breathing Exercises – which affects the chemical and physiological activities of the body by regulating your autonomic nervous system. WHM practice upregulates your immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells and B-lymphocytes.  It won’t keep COVID-19 from invading the body, but it will strengthen your immune system to combat the infection with fewer and less severe symptoms.

3 Get Adequate Exercise
Prime your immune system by getting at least 20 minutes of exercise per day. Spend time doing activity outdoors without close contact to others.    Incorporate Yoga and Meditation for stress relief.

4 Get Adequate Sleep
Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to allow your body time to perform it’s preventive maintenance, and boost the immune system.

5 Stay Informed
It’s important to be selective about where you get your news as panic or worry is known to create stress, which compromises your immunity.   From what the experts are saying, Covid-19 is dangerous mainly to people who already have underlying health conditions. Very few fit and healthy people are dying from this. Of the 174,000 confirmed cases 75,000 or 43% have recovered and 3.9% have died. Average age of people dying is over 80.

For additional information, consult only trusted sources of information. We recommend the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Public Health Agency of Canada
Centers for Disease Control
World Health Organization


In the Event of a COVID-19 Case at Dynabody
If we are notified of a presumptive or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 involving a class participant, we have a defined protocol for taking swift action.
Participants that have signed up for  the Dynabody Total Fitness session  will be notified.
Anyone who was determined to be in close proximity with the affected individual should consider being self-quarantined for 14 days following the affected individual’s last visit.
Proper authorities would be notified so that the local health authorities canl directly contact individuals deemed to be at risk of exposure.

In the Event of a Class Closure
In the event of a closure, participants will be notified and handled by St. James School Division Continuing Education.

Monday, March 2, 2020


Flexibility training is one of the most overlooked, poorly executed & undervalued components of
physical fitness and overall personal health.  Yet achieving and maintaining flexibility is an
important factor in reaching your optimal health and performance potential.

Flexibility refers to the range of motion for a given joint influenced by muscles and connective
tissues.  A flexibility warm-up & cool-down is stretching that is participated in before or after an
activity to improve performance, reduce the risk of injury and enhance recovery.

Stretching is a form of exercise that increases flexibility – it causes permanent elongation of
muscle fascia by opposing the function of the muscle, improving Range of Motion, and leads to
good posture and muscle balance.

Tight neck, shoulder & chest muscles lead to a rounded back & head position tilted forward.
Tight hips & back of thighs can lead to a pelvis that doesn’t move freely & can cause low back
pain.  All of this can be helped with a regular stretching regimen. 

TWO TYPES OF STRETCHING that can lead to increased flexibility are;

DYNAMIC STRETCHING involves moving parts of your body in a controlled, full range of motion and gradually increasing reach and speed of movement.   This improves dynamic flexibility and should be done as part of a warm-up. 

STATIC STRETCHING is used to stretch muscles while the body is at rest.
Muscles are gradually lengthened to an elongated position (to the point of discomfort) and held for at least 15 seconds.  This helps to relax the muscles and improve mobility and range of motion.  Static stretching exercises are part of a cool down at the end of a training session.

          You should be thoroughly warmed up before performing flexibility exercises
          Stretch to just before the point of discomfort–mild tension -use smooth, gentle movements.
          The feeling of tightness should diminish as you hold the stretch.
          Breathe out into a stretch.  Avoid holding your breath (relax).
          Hold each stretch for 15 to 60 seconds.
             (It takes 5-10 seconds for a muscle to release tension)
          Keep control & body relaxed (tense, rushed, locked joints all lead to injury)
          If  tightness intensifies or you feel pain stop the stretch
                      Pain = exceed limit = injury
          Stretch all major muscle groups of the body for balance & symmetry.
          Concentrate on areas that lack flexibility (chest, anterior delts, hip flexors, hamstrings, calves)
          Keep the neck & spine aligned.  Keep the abdomen pulled in at all times.
          Find a body position comfortable to you (find an alternative if you feel uncomfortable).
          Shake out limbs between stretches
          Complete 2-3 stretches before moving onto the next exercise.
          Stretching Frequency – minimum of 3 times per week, although daily is encouraged.

When Not to Stretch
          Within first 24-72 hrs of muscle or tendon trauma
          Following muscle strains & ligament sprains
          When joints or muscles are infected, inflamed, or hurt.
          After a recent fracture
          When discomfort is present – Do not “work through” or “stretch out” a painful area.
          If osteoporosis exists or is suspected. 
          Consult you doctor if you have questions.

Better posture                                                 
Increased Range of Motion
Injury Prevention (decreased low back pain)
Improved Muscle (neuromuscular) Coordination                 
Reduced Muscle Soreness (increased muscle recovery)
Help Balance Muscle Groups                        
Improved Performance
Development of Functional Flexibility
Reduce the build up of Lactic Acid
Increased Blood supply, nutrients & Joint Synovial fluid
Personal Enjoyment, relaxation
Reduced Stress

As you can see, Stretching is one of the key components of a balanced fitness program and should be a part of your exercise routine. Without flexibility training, you are missing an important part of overall health - it provides many important benefits that cannot be achieved by any other exercise or activity.