Last night whilst teaching Body Step 89 (flava format for the first time) I had four new faces doing Body Step for the first time ever. Before class I introduced myself, made them feel welcome, gave them plenty of options throughout and tried to continually give encouragement. I can only imagine how daunting it must be to go to any Group Fitness classes or even just work out at a gym when you are new to it… and may be feeling notso crash hot about yourself. It’s not like Body Step is a walk in the park class either. Whilst it can be very physically demanding (stamina & energy wise) there are always lower options to compensate- though these aren’t necessarily easier and still get you working super hard- but Body Step demands coordination not only with your own body (legs and arms at the same time! WHAT?!), but with a step as well.
After speaking to a lot of members after class they always tell me how they especially struggled with their coordination and using the step. I always reassure them that it does get easier the more classes they do, and that’s true. You actually start to become more familiar with the moves and the names of the moves, as well as eventually being able to do the tracks better than the instructor ;) haha. Like anything, practise makes perfect. Oh wait, nothing’s perfect right? Well practise makes progress. Better? ;)
Anyways, all this has to do with the respect I have for these newbies who give it a shot and don’t give up.
I think this is an important message for everyone to remember. Whether it’s your first time at a group fitness class, you’re going through ED recovery, struggling at uni, trying to lose weight, hating your life (talk to me!) or maybe just trying to reach a personal goal- Don’t give up! If it’s something you truly value, something you want or just something you need to do- it’s important to remember those three little words. I think too often we give up on ourselves or doubt our abilities to stick it out. You underestimate the power of YOU and by doing that you’ve already given up.
By not giving up we are one step closer. By not giving up we become stronger. By not giving up we are winners! Keeping on and staying with it is a victory in itself. You have so much to gain by not giving up, yet so much to lose by giving up and quitting- so why do we do it?
DAILY HEALTHY THOUGHT: Bumps in the road are just tests to see whether I will persist- and I will.
What are you going to NOT give up on? Or what was the last thing you could have quitted but instead kept trying?
For me I could have easily given up the fight against ED and my other issues many times when it tested me- but I didn’t and now I’m the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I’m also not going to give up on studying my teaching degree. I’m going to finish it and then see where life takes me.