Five years ago today, I taught my first exercise class. Time has whizzed by and I think I have taught somewhere in the region of 600 classes since then. I came to teaching fitness very late (usually the realm of the rubber-kneed youth) as part of a health-promotion role I used to do. After various misgivings about whether fitness teaching was something that a serious career lady does, I determinedly went through each training stage and qualified. It was only after a chance conversation with a friend that spurred me on to start up my own community classes and eventually to get to where Clean Well-Being is today. Its success has been with the unending support and enthusiasm of many, but mostly because of the wonderful people who come to my classes, turning up week after week. So today’s blog is a big thank you to them (there’s a little celebration at each of my classes this week to thank everyone).
But this is also about how letting go of outdated versions of yourself can be so freeing and fun. I never dreamt that I would do anything like what I do now. Having people watch and copy me move to music seemed unthinkable and the whole idea felt a bit flaky. Yet now my classes are by far the most gratifying parts of an already enjoyable working week, and are a valued part of my career. I’m so glad I said yes to the training and that I put aside my greatest concern of not being taken seriously. Turns out that if you do something whole-heartedly and with the best of intentions, the rewards to body and mind are immense.
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