My Health and Fitness Journey: Over a decade ago, at age 40-something, I was certain that my chronic back and hip pain was going to cripple me before I turned 50. I sat 10 hours a day at work (2 hours of that day was for commuting) and when I got home from work I was exhausted, stressed out and in pain. Lying down did not provide a respite from the pain either, so my sleep patterns were also disrupted.
Intuitively I knew I needed to move more during the day, but my overloaded schedule didn’t provide any margin for exercise; however, an especially debilitating weekend of back pain in February 2004 was the tipping point for change. I sent my husband on an errand and requested that he purchase a treadmill for me to use at home. Once assembled later that weekend, I managed, while stooped over in great pain, to walk one mile an hour for a couple of minutes. An hour later, I tried walked again. By the end of Sunday evening, I was standing straighter and feeling like I had found the answer to controlling my back pain.
Fast forward to December 2010 when I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness, and also became an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. My target demographic: 40+ year old women in the throes of peri-menopause. During my school days I had become very active and was able to exercise at least 4 or 5 days a week. Needless to say, I gained strength and stamina and experienced a well-being in my body I had never enjoyed during my youth. I started running for stress relief and weight loss. My back and hip pain became a thing of the past. I cleaned up my diet, (cut way back on the white, packaged food group) and began my own journey of mindfulness in regards to my eating and exercise habits.
Since graduation, I have enjoyed assisting others towards improved health as a personal trainer and wellness coach. I teach multiple Zumba classes a week in addition to Balance & Strength training classes for senior adults, and I lead a Couch to 5K walk/jog program once a year for community members desiring a personal fitness challenge.
The Blog: I started this blog in 2010, but it has only been since 2014 that I have been able to devote more time to writing about health, fitness, inspirational and spiritual topics. You’ll find my topics are varied and I like to share insights and quotes from other sources which have inspired or benefited me.
Principles That Guide My Approach to Health & Fitness: I like to take a BALANCED, HOLISTIC approach to issues of health and fitness. Our body-mind-spirit is intrinsically connected, one to the other, and we must not neglect these concentric components when we engage in a lifestyle makeover. We cannot “go on a diet” and think we’ll be successful “weight-losers” if we don’t also engage in regular physical activity and reduce or manage our daily stress loads.
My Passion to Coach Others in Fitness: The middle age years and beyond have the potential to be the best, most productive and fulfilling years of our lives. This time of life naturally lends itself to evaluating the places we’ve been in the past and where we’d like to go in the future. I want to help my contemporaries “get fit” so that they can have the physical, emotional and spiritual stamina to dream, plan and achieve all that they desire to accomplish in the years to come.