For those of you who are already fitness experts, I’m sure you can relate to the time when you first started working out and how energized you felt after. For the rest who are contemplating starting or have only just begun, let me tell you….it can be very motivating and addicting in a really great way!
I never thought I would hear myself say those words because ever since I graduated high school years ago, my sporting days kind of ended there. I managed to stay in okay shape because of the career I chose working as a nurse and running all over the place for the past 19 years, but it wasn’t enough. Allow me to explain why.
The last thing I wanted to do with my aching legs after running around all day was to go and do more physical activity. My couch was looking so good after every shift and it welcomed me with open arms, literally. Laying there felt good and my body was so relaxed. However, my mind could not stop racing and sometimes as a nurse emotions cannot turn off that easily either. Any helping professional can understand where I am coming from. People who take care of others seem to have a hard time taking care of themselves or putting themselves first.
Things began to change when I took a step back from nursing and decided to become a Health and Wellness Life Coach which I know is another helping profession but it not only helps others, it helped me a great deal too. Now I work in both fields and I love it. My favorite quote is “Put your oxygen mask on first, caring for others requires taking care of yourself first.” It’s the oxygen mask theory from the flights we’ve all been on. It’s the same rule in life and no, it’s not selfish.
I made a decision that I wanted to feel healthier by eating well and exercising at least three days a week. I love walking and I love music. Luckily I found my old iPod with so many songs I completely forgot about, I charged it, laced up my shoes and went outside in nature. I thought I would walk for maybe half an hour but because of the music, I went further and walked one full hour seeing flowers bloom in spring, a heron bird with her nest and even a deer crossing my path. All just steps away from my big comfy couch. The feelings I had after being outside and walking to all my favorite songs was so motivating and fun, I suddenly realized what a calm mind I had and how happy I was! Not only was I doing my body a favor physically, but I finally understood why people love exercise so much. It also keeps your mind and emotions healthy too. It makes sense why some people who seriously do not need to work out are doing it for other reasons. I managed to walk ten kilometers a day four times a week until the snow came. It was official, I was addicted to my exercise routine, I felt great, lost weight and I was so much happier. Who knew? Prior to the unforgiving Canadian winter, I became proactive in seeking out a fitness centre that I could go to during the freezing cold months. In the Ottawa/Gatineau region there is an amazing place called Lime Fitness which stands for Lifestyle Improvement Made Easy. Not only is the name perfect but so is the team that runs it. Maggie, Gina, Sylvie and Kelly are four incredible women who run this energizing business and practice what they preach by either running or attending the class right along with us. The positive energy that is constantly exchanged in each and every class is outstanding and contagious. Smiles, laughter, encouragement and support make it feel like a family having one big party! Their mission is simple, “To help you achieve your greater good so that you can live your life unlimited.” To me, that’s fantastic and was exactly what I was looking for, not to mention the music is very motivating and fun! They offer classes such as Zumba, PiYo, Cardioboxing, Bellyfit, Kettlebells and one called Insanity! Each class will bust your stress, lift your mood and make you dance like nobody’s watchin’! Anyone can join, there is no competition and yes everyone including me is uncoordinated when they try their first Zumba class but who cares? You will get the hang of it. Nobody is looking at you because they are too busy looking at themselves and we’re all in our own invisible bubble so not to worry. You will have so much fun you won’t notice it’s been an hour, this I know for sure. It’s been five months since I joined, I met new people, I do three classes a week and I can honestly say the staff at LIME have definitely contributed to my lifestyle improvements made easy. I’m motivated and addicted in a really great way because I put my oxygen mask on first so now I am able to take care of others more effectively. Thank you LIME!!
I encourage you to visit their website, grab a friend and take them along to Lime Fitness…..you will both be truly amazed! See you there!