I never got into this business to look good. I’m not here because I want to have six-pack abs and fit into size zero jeans. When I first decided to pursue a career as a personal trainer, I did it for my grandmothers.
I was in college when I started studying to become a personal trainer, and I’d made this decision after having watched both of my grandmothers transform from the strong, active matriarchs that I grew up idolizing for their energy and vitality to a pair of unrecognizably frail creatures I was afraid would break if I hugged them too tightly. The problem was that they had both slowed down and eventually stopped moving altogether. Now I know that a certain amount of decline will come with age, but I couldn’t help feeling that some of this decline could be prevented. There had to be a solution.
There is: Exercise. That elusive Fountain of Youth is not found in a lotion or a pill. It is in the perspiration that springs through our pores as we move, lift, run, jump, and play. It’s actually a pretty straight forward concept. If you start moving and continue moving, you stave off the deteriorating effects of inactivity and keep your body strong and healthy. And here’s the best part; it’s not as difficult as you might think. Exercise comes in all forms for all levels of fitness. All it takes is little bit of time and a willingness to start. The most important thing when you get started is to be practical about your workouts and stick to what you know you can do that will still benefit you the most. One super-intense workout will not make you instantly fit, but a brisk 30 minute walk every day will help you manage your weight, elevate your mood, and help you stay active. If you want to change your body, it does take a commitment on your part to make these changes and integrate exercise into your lifestyle. Once you start feeling better and more energetic, then it will be easier to stay on track. Everyone deserves to feel healthy and strong, and there is no magic pill or medication that will do this. Exercise IS the magic pill, so if you want to live life and feel more great no matter what age you are, you’d better get moving.
I embrace all forms of exercise. I am just as enamored with the intense, military-style workouts at my local CrossFit gym as I am with the relaxing rhythms of hot yoga. I have taught step, spin, yoga, kickboxing, Pilates, Olympic lifting, and long-distance running. In my studio in Boise, Idaho, I regularly put myself and my clients through grueling workouts that leave muscles burning and foreheads dripping. I love lifting heavy weights, running up steep hills, and leaping over tall buildings (ok, medium-sized buildings), and just being active. I even include fitness in my playtime activities through mountain biking, surfing, wake boarding, and skiing. At the heart of all is the same unwavering principle that I live my life by; no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it may be, exercise will ultimately make my life better in every way.
And it does. That’s the point of all the agony and sweat and muscle aches and time in the gym. That is why I’d much rather be running around outside than sitting at a desk staring at my computer. I don’t work-out because I want to have the body of a cover model. I do this because I want to continue to live life to the fullest. I want to run, jump, skip, crawl, lift and play because I do these things every day, both outside of the gym as well as inside. I do strength training and cardio because I want to continue doing these things for the next forty years. Every day I feel strong, energetic, and happy. I am not interested in dedicating my entire life to the gym. Instead, I seek a balance between work and play. All I want for myself and others it the ability take part in whatever life throws at us. If you are willing to put in the work, then you will always be able to participate in the play. This is no time to sit around. Your life is happening right now, and if you want to participate, it’s time to move.
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