Yesterday in Barre Fusion all the ladies were smiling (trust me, they get their mean game faces on too!) But, I looked at them and saw my reflection. They were enjoying themselves. At this point in the “workout” we were moving between a deep 2nd position (not easy…burning sensation) and then moving the outside leg out laterally (don’t worry if you can’t visualize this…not important.) The music was adding to the energy and everyone was free to move their arms as little or as much as they liked.
In this moment, I was reminded of how much I LOVE teaching this class. And, how much I love dance and MOVEMENT in general. For some of us, we aren’t able to quite articulate our feelings, or maybe we just prefer movement to constant chit-chat. Movement allows us to express ourselves. Even if for just a few minutes. It’s a beautiful release.
I see the joy of movement when I watch my son running around with his friends at soccer; or, my daughter just playing tag in the yard (leaping and twirling as she goes!) Today, I really want to remind everyone that your daily workouts SHOULD & MUST be FUN. People often ask me what specific exercises to do to lose weight, to stay fit, or build endurance. For that, there is no singular answer. I think we can see success stories in many areas of the fitness world. The fit cyclist that finds her stride and high when spinning (not my cup o’ tea); the strong woman that enjoys her stress release lifting heavy weights; or, a girl like me, that loves group fitness classes with tempo-driven music and variety (and some complexity) to the exercises.
If you are finding excuses to skip your workout, PLEASE ask yourself these questions: What fires me up? What sounds exciting and fun? Going to your workout should be one of the highlights of your day, not another task to check-off your “to do” list.
Get outside of your comfort zone. Try a new studio, a new class…FIND YOUR FUN.
Or, if you need further motivation, goal setting, or private/small group classes geared to your needs and wants, please contact me directly. Outside of my group fitness classes, I do take on a few personal training clients during the free hours. Remember, happy does equal healthy.