Physical fitness is important to me because I’ve witnessed the effects of a sedentary life. Sadly, physical decline seems to spiral into mental and emotional decline. I’ve also observed what it looks like when you let life happen instead of moving through it with a sense of purpose, adventure, and self-care. But, I’ve also seen what aging can look like if you continue to move and nurture your body. It adds quality years to your life. I want that!
I have students up to 80 years old; some of whom are doing advanced Pilates work! It’s no surprise to me that they also also have active lives. I get to hear about their dinner parties, the latest performances they’ve seen, the art exhibits they’ve browsed, and their “girl’s trips” around the globe. They’re also still creating; from writing memoirs, to mentoring new talent, designing clothes and being actively involved as grandparents. They all inspire me so much!
I know that I’m the only one responsible for how I move and feel in my body. So to the extent that I can, I want to prevent physical decline. I wanna keep runnin’ these streets and living my best life. Like Joseph Pilates said “Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase”. In other words, I have to show up for myself and do the work! So I’ve committed to making physical fitness a priority in my life and, as a Pilates Teacher, making it accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels.
S.I.T. With Yourself in April
This month’s #soakedinthought journaling prompts are dedicated to body confidence and fitness as a lifestyle. As we move into Spring and the fitness industry ramps up its messaging about getting “in shape” for Summer, I hope you’ll sit with yourself to figure out what your body, mind, and spirit need to feel healthy, fit, and happy – without all the external voices.