In January I chose community as my focus word in 2020, and in a blog post I promised to share some of the communities that have enhanced the meaning, joy, and quality of my life. I’m not writing about them in any particular order but am presenting them as situations arise. Since the situation of my seventieth birthday arose recently, I’ve been reflecting on and giving thanks for my fitness community.
In 2008, after nearly forty years of working, I retired. Almost immediately, I developed a case of sciatica to accompany my already aching knees. At that point, I determined I hadn’t worked most of my adult life only to spend my “golden” years hobbling about and tossing and turning in my sleep to get comfortable. So I joined a gym and began a pilates class. Gradually, I began to notice an improvement in my fitness level and realized that certain body parts didn’t hurt as much as they used to.
When a new fitness center opened closer to my house, I joined it. It is a beautiful facility with state of the art equipment and a wide variety of programs. I’ve attended barre and yoga classes there for several years.
But it isn’t the facility or even the fact that I can now move in ways I wouldn’t have dreamed possible twelve years ago that keeps me regularly attending the classes. Rather, it is the supportive community of women and instructors that spur me to keep on keeping on.
That is what my current fitness community does for me. I look forward to visiting with these ladies several times a week as we moan, laugh, and make progress together toward living healthy, active lives.
|I'm not going to divulge any ages here, but Carol and Peggy|
offer proof that exercise keeps you fit and flexible.
My classmates and instructors inspire me and hold me accountable, but more than that they are good friends. And is there anything more beneficial to our health than having good friends? If you have trouble sticking to an exercise routine, I highly recommend finding or starting your own fitness community.
Yes, yes, yes!! Some of the dearest women in my life I met at the small fitness studio here in town. It's hard to believe I only met them five years ago, and now they are best friends and even co-workers because I got a part-time job working there as a fitness instructor. I love our studio because of the friendships that blossom there and the encouragement these women give to one another. I'm glad you've found that community as well.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Nicci. I know you've already discovered the health and fitness benefits of community, and it shows!Delete
Somehow I missed this post along the way. I do love my fitness community. After avoiding exercise all my life, I now have a personal trainer (who also has become a good friend) and I go to yoga. I really miss these outlets during this weird time of social distancing.ReplyDelete