Bootcamp and Yoga Updates..!

HeAds Up..!

Just a few notes for our Zenfit friends..! Tonight is our last Bootcamp until January 9th 2012.. come out and join us ..! 6:30 Cartwright Central P.S.

Yoga classes are not affected by the Holiday break, also we are adding a Saturday morning power yoga class beginning January 7th 2012 At 10:00 am at the Blackstock Recreation Center.

Todays Quote

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow”.
~Doug Firebaugh~..

Pay It Forward

Who Inspires You

Hi Zenfitters:

Just wanted to give some shout-outs to some of the supporters and the people that have been an influence. Thanks to Mike Sandusky for his passion for surfing, without his website at Surf Ontario I would have never known where to even start learning about Stand-up Paddle Boarding in southern Ontario. Lindy Woitte the owner and founder of Eternal Hot Yoga helped me get started on this journey by introducing me to yoga, and the teacher training program at Ahimsa with J.P. Tamblyn-Sabo. To Karsten Jensen you are the guru of body strength training. Also I would like to say to the people I have met training with Zenfit Inc. through the Bootcamps, Yoga, and Fitness training, that your efforts are inspiring and that effort I do not take for granted, it is a pleasure to serve you..!

If you have anyone that has inspired you. Pay it forward. Share the wealth. Someone out there my find their inspiration from a single thought.

Kindest regards,
Bart Wagar.


Weight loss



By: Rachel White, RD.

As the number of pounds increases as a person ages, many believe a slow or faulty metabolism, may need a tune up to run better.  However, most have only a vague understanding of how metabolism works and how it impacts your weight.

It is true that metabolism can be the cause but it can also be the solution when it comes to achieving and maintaining one’s goal weight.  There is a test that can help individuals get a look at how well their metabolism is functioning which may offer important information when trying to lose weight.

Metabolism is defined as the chemical reactions in the cells of your body that convert food to the energy needed to think, to move and to grow. It is an essential part of every living organism. It is also a  complicated balancing act within  the body between the process of building up body tissues and energy stores (fat) and breaking them down to provide the fuel the body needs to function.

Metabolism may be negatively affected by yo-yo dieting and poor diet habits. When you lose weight and then gain it back, these pounds are not always the same as the pounds lost. It is possible to lose muscle and then regain it back as fat. When this happens, it is usually more difficult to lose those same pounds the next time around.

 The Metabolic Indirect Calorimetry test measures a client’s resting energy expenditure and oxygen consumption to determine the body’s metabolism and calorie needs. It is a relatively simple test that can be done in office, you simply breathe into the device while relaxing for about 20 minutes. Room air is inhaled and carbon dioxide is exhaled into the metabolic analyzer and it calculates resting metabolic rate that is the calories you burn while your body is at rest. Your practitioner can then use this information to help you lose weight.

Most people are aware that part of successful weight loss is burning more calories than you eat. This test shows why and how. The benefit of Indirect Calorimetry is that we can use this data to personalize a weight loss program that works. Having the knowledge of what is burned in the body and how much would need to be eaten is key in helping people take off unwanted pounds.  Of course, exercise remains an integral component when it comes to weight loss and metabolism. The metabolic test is but one part of any successful weight loss plan.

At Balanced Nutrition Co. Rachel White, Registered Dietitian can perform an indirect calorimetry test that can help you discover what your metabolic rate is and take that first step towards successful weight loss.

Zenfit Inc. and Balanced Nutition Co. can make it easy for you to succeed, by combining a personalized fitness, and nutrition program to meet your needs!

Hand Sanitizers

Medical studies on hand sanitizers

 Alcohol-based hand sanitizers may not be the cure-all for keeping hands clean as it was once thought, because growing research is indicating they may not be effective substitutes for soap and water. In fact, in some health care setting (e.g., hospitals, long-term care facilities), using these sanitizers may actually increase the risk for outbreaks of highly contagious viruses.1

A recent survey2 of 161 long-term care facilities in the United States revealed an association between using primarily alcohol-based hand sanitizers for routine hand hygiene with an increased risk for outbreaks of norovirus, a highly infectious virus. Of 45 facilities that preferred using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, 53% experienced a confirmed outbreak of norovirus, a common cause of food poisoning and acute gastroenteritis (“stomach flu”). It is a virus that can strike quickly and forcefully making a person feel very sick but typically lasts only 2-3 days. Only 18% of 17 facilities which relied more on soap and water for cleansing than hand sanitizers reported outbreaks of norovirus.

Two studies3;4 looking at the effectiveness of alcohol-based hand sanitizers against C difficile have also indicated that over relying on these hand sanitizers may possibly leave spoors on the hands of health care workers.

On the positive side, however, the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers has greatly increased adherence to hand hygiene in health care settings. Hand sanitizers are promoted so widely because they are efficient, accessible and take relatively very little time to use.

There is potentially a large tradeoff in switching back to soap and water in the health care setting, where workers would have to wash their hands many, many times per shift, or even hour, depending on their duties/responsibilities. I was recently in hospital and there are sanitizers in every room and hallway. Nurses would clean their hands every time they worked with a patient. It just seemed automatic. I know that I use the hand cleaners whenever entering or leaving the hospital….just in case.

Public health experts, however, strongly recommend that rigorous studies need to be done before making any conclusive decisions about hand sanitizers, particularly as they are so convenient and so strongly recommended by health care professionals. Until such time, hand sanitizers remain a viable option for hand-washing, when hand-washing with soap and water is not possible.

1. Vogel L. 2011. Hand sanitizers may increase norovirus risk. CMAJ,183(12):E799-800. 2. Blaney DD, Daly ET, Kirkland KB, Tongren JE, Kelso PT, Talbot EA. 2011. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers for norovirus outbreaks in long-term care facilities in northern New England: December 2006 to March, 2007. Am J Infect Control, 39(4): 296-301.3. Jabbar U, Leischner J, Kasper D, Gerber R, Sambol SP, Parada JP, Johnson S, Gerding DN. 2010. Effectiveness of alcohol-based hand rubs for removal of Clostridium difficile spores from hands. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol: 31(6):565-70.4. Oughton MT, Loo VG, Dendukuri N, Fenn S, Libman MD. 2009. Hand hygiene with soap and water is superior to alcohol rub and antiseptic wipes for removal of Clostridium difficile. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol; Oct;30(10):939-44.



Zenfit Inc. and Balanced Nutrition Co.

Answering Your Nutrition Concerns,

Zenfit Inc. and Bart Wagar are pleased to collaborate with Rachel White of Balanced Nutrition Co. to bring you a well rounded approach to health and wellness. Rachel will be able to answer your questions and set you up with programs to meet your nutritional requirements. Using innovative methods like metabolic testing through indirect calorimetry the most accurate way to measure metabolism, She can help you take that first step on your fitness journey. Combine this with our innovative fitness training methods and prepare to see results.

 Rachel White, BAppSc, RD


 Rachel has dedicated over 10 years studying and working in nutrition and health promotion.  She completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition at Ryerson University followed by an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.  In addition, she has completed the facilitator’s education for Craving Change Workshops – Helping you change your relationship with food.  Rachel is also a Certified Yoga Teacher completing her certification with Ruth Dargan of Synergy Movement.  She is registered with the Ontario College Dietitians and a member of Dietitians of Canada.

 Currently Rachel consults for the Ministry of Long Term Care, Community Care Access Centre in Whitby, and the Participation House Project of Durham.  She also runs a successful private practice.  Her consulting practice is built on recognizing that each person is metabolically different.  Through individual assessments, Rachel helps her clients learn to choose the right foods that are right for them. She is devoted to helping her clients make sense of nutrition and discover what works for them.  This is the key in successfully changing eating habits and improving overall health. Whether your goals are to lose that stubborn belly fat, improve your mood, reduce cravings, increase energy levels, restore your metabolism, improve hormonal balance, or simply learn how to improve your eating habits and general health you will be provided with a personalized nutrition plan that matches your nutritional needs and goals.