Exercise. It’s the most universally dreaded topic of clients I see. They always know they should do it but just don’t. Even though I teach fitness classes and personally enjoy exercising, I get it. If you didn’t grow up in a home where exercise was part of your family’s life, you probably don’t exercise now or at least struggle with it. Exercise is a culturally driven practice. But it also remains one of the most important prescriptions for a healthy body and mind. I don’t need to quote the endless and ongoing scientific research showing the multifaceted benefits of exercise for every person, every condition, every fitness level, and every disease. The right exercise regimen is healing. A little exercise is always better than none, and usually the more you exercise, the more impressive the health benefits.
I won’t try to convince you to exercise because only you can do that. But I will write about it, to provide food for thought and maybe to inspire you enough to move a little or a lot more. Just so you know my background, I have been an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor for 10 years, with additional certifications in barre and Zumba. AFAA requires continuing education credits to renew the credential every two years. I’ve taught dance fitness, step, strength training, and barre, while cross-training in various formats in other instructors’ classes to stay on top of fitness trends. Although my first love is choreography and strength, I have a growing interest in injury prevention and the use of exercise to prevent or treat depression, especially in the elderly. Similar to you, I am on a fitness journey throughout life, always learning.