Physical fitness is important to me because I’ve witnessed the effects of a sedentary life. Physical decline seems to spiral into mental and emotional decline. And I’ve observed what it looks like when you let life happen instead of moving through it with purpose, a sense of adventure, and self-care. But, I’ve also seen what aging can look like if you continue to 1. move your body and 2. 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 that they also also have active lives.
I know I’m under the heavy influence of Joseph Pilates but I’ve gotta agree with his statement that “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness”. My fitness level is so deeply tied to my emotional state because, without my health and mobility, I couldn’t do the things that I love with “zest and pleasure” (also Joe’s words). I’m a mover by nature. A dancer. An aerialist. A performer. A Pilates practitioner. And, anyone that knows me, knows that I’ve still got super-hero aspirations. Call it mid-life crisis. I call it optimism.
“Physical Fitness is the first requisite to happiness”. Joseph Pilates The older I get the more I value this statement; especially as a fitness professional who’s been in the industry for two decades. I entered the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor and for the last sixteen years I’ve been teaching…