At this time of year, many of us start reminiscing about 2015. Did we meet our goals we set, did we even come close, and did I accomplish anything? On that list of goals, taking better care of ourselves was definitely one. You know exercise is good for you. Doing it, though, is another thing.
Why are we so good at thinking of what to do, but so terrible at actually doing those things? You make goals … but then you procrastinate. You write a to-do list … but then you don’t follow through.
With each new year, something magical happens that inspires you to become motivated all over again and set new goals for yourself – but this time it will be different! You decide it’s important to find people – find friends, or find the right place to work out with someone to encourage you to stay on track.
At the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, we have fitness leaders who will do just that. Our instructors add that FUN factor and connect with you on a personal level.
At all of our recreation centers,
the fitness leaders create a sense of community within the classes. People feel connected to one another. They begin to learn each other’s “spots” in the class and encourage each other. They start a phone tree or email group, and now, thanks to social media, they even form a Facebook group to keep one another motivated and accountable.
Ximena Brock is one of our fitness instructors. She, a motivator and a friend to her students, discovered the love of fitness, re-vamped her eating habits and conquered the negative thoughts in her head. She shares her journey with everyone who struggles to stay motivated.
Through exercise, Ximena has lost 82 pounds and has gained tremendous perspective on what it takes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“Zumba has changed my life,” said Brock. “It gives me an opportunity to serve others, relieve stress and lose weight in a fun-type atmosphere.”
Then there is Robin Capp, who creates a group fitness adventure taking her classes on an imaginary trip through a beautiful park or on a mountain expedition where you can envision a run, walk or climb. This encourages people to exceed their own expectations and helps participants reach their goals.
We have many instructors like these two who can offer the motivation to help you stay active during the winter months.
Here’s a snapshot on some of our offerings: Fit over 50 low impact class, Zumba, yoga, chair yoga, tai chi, pilates, boot camp, low impact, fitness line-dance and fitness salsa, strength and sculpt and trampoline fitness classes. We accept the Silver Sneakers and Silver N Fit programs.
Don’t let the winter blues take control. Let us help you find the right exercise program that will make you feel invigorated, alert and ready for the challenge of the day – and for the days to come.