exercise is my anti-aging secret
fitness is about so much more than a number on the scale or bodyfat monitor. It helps you live your best life.
I've always loved exercise and have been doing it consistently since I was 15 but I don't just do it to look good. I do it primarily because I want to stay healthy and young physically and mentally.
I can't stand feeling limited because of poor health or a broken down body. I also love looking and acting younger than I really am. So many of my clients over 50 and over 60 feel like they're missing out on so much because their bodies can't do this or that or because they have nursing home mentality and I don't want to end up like that ever.
When I started my p.t. business I decided to specialize in fitness over 50 (one of the best decisions I ever made) and what I noticed when working with older clients is that they would get so annoyed with me because I had all this energy during their workouts and I didn't put up with their I can't do this or I can't do that negativity. I'm kind of a stubborn person so I just kept at it even when they gave me dirty looks or made snarky comments.
What would happen eventually (sometimes sooner with other clients later) is that my clients would just get over it and start to feed off my youthful vibe and then they would get addicted to exercise and stretching and eating healthy and the fitter and healthier they got the younger they got (mentally and physically). They would transform and then they would come in and say thing like "hey I hiked the Grand Canyon last weekend" or "I ran on the beach on my vacation in Hawaii" or "I rocked some skinny jeans and cowboy boots to a dance club this weekend".
I think this is by far the most rewarding part about being a fitness trainer. Just listening to people talk about how they are living their lives to the fullest again instead of sitting at home feeling/getting old. It's also one of the biggest payoffs I get from exercise. When I'm 50 or 60 or 70 I still want to be dancing around, hiking, and doing fun yoga poses. I don't mind aging chronologically. I just want to stay young physically and mentally forever!