As a 22 year veteran fitness pro, I have seen my share of seasonal changes in my own "workout" routine. Lately, I have been repelled by lifting weights and doing traditional gym workout stuff. What could I possibly do to inspire me in this season of change in my life?
The idea of creating a fitness vision this year instead of a New Year's Resolution compelled me as the year wound down. A resolution sounds steadfast and results oriented while the word "vision" feels fluid and process oriented.
The most common New Year's Resolution I encounter as a fitness professional is "I want to lose weight." Now, I would point out that losing weight is a result. And when I focus merely on a result and not the process, I go right into self degradation mode when I don't see my result. What if I created a desired outcome instead?
Through a 3 week process of 1) Discovering what no longer serves me 2) Relinquishing stories and excuses I have adhered to out of comfort and 3) Stepping into what I would rather have instead . . . . I have arrived at my 2018 Fitness Vision: Rising Above My Fears. Now isn't that more inspiring than "I want to lose 10 pounds?"
I arrived at this vision through a process which I will briefly share with you now.
Week 1: During the last few days of December, I began to really look at what I didn't want to bring with me into 2018. The words came to me after some intentional meditation: FEAR, DOUBT, SELF-PITY, ANXIETY, PLAYING VICTIM, and SELF-NEGATION. I wrote each word on a sticky note. Then I let myself fully realize how those factors had previously played a role in my life. And then I burned them, symbolically to show how easy it is to get past them.
Week 2: As I started the New Year, I recognized the stories and excuses I had allowed myself to live by. "I don't have enough" and "I never finish anything" showed up as two mantras I had to replace. I wrote down all the excuses and I burned those, too. Soon I arrived at the discovery of my core values for 2018: LOVE, GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY, ABUNDANCE, AND VALUE.
Week 3: The idea of practicing and mastering yoga arm balancing poses like Handstand and Firefly inspires me now. Practicing arm balances places me in a position to symbolically rise above my fears and step into my core values for 2018. With each stumble and fall in my practice this morning, I LOVE myself more and ackowledge my GROWTH. With each practice I see an OPPORTUNITY to find an ABUNDANCE of strength I never knew I had and I grow to VALUE myself more and more each day.
What was your New Year's Resolution? Why is that important to you? Dig deep and courageously reveal your truth and you will discover a 2018 Vision that inspires you to act.
Gina is a fitness professional turned movement specialist who aspires to redefine the way fitness is perceived in this country. Realizing that traditional fitness programs neglect the individual needs of each person’s body, Gina set out to create more movement opportunities for people by lifting the restrictive rules found in traditional fitness. Gina intuitively reads bodies and she uses evidence based movement assessments to adapt exercise programming according to the needs of her clients. This is a skill that could only be collected through 20 years of extensive experience working as a fitness professional in a variety of settings including public recreation, corporate centers, athletic clubs and retirement communities.