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When someone asks you what some of your interests or hobbies are and you reply working out and going to the gym, it gives off the impression that you're shallow, and only care about looks, especially if you're surrounded by people who don't follow the same philosophy. For me though, working out is much more than just trying to get a shredded six-pack and look good for the beach. I'm going to be honest that yes those thoughts do cross my mind and some of my fitness goals are based on my physical appearance, but that is mostly to focus on a tangible result.
Growing up I always wanted to be a an Excercise/Physical Therapist. Living in a household with a mother with multiple sclerosis, I always wanted to figure out how to help the body help itself. Watching my mother struggle and progressively go from a cane, to a walker, to wheel chair bound, haul around several pill boxes of medicines, and go to several doctors across the country, and spend summers in the hospital after set backs with her illness caused me to want to help in some sort of way. I used to go to physical theapy appointments with her and they would
Ambling into a gym for the first time can be a nervy experience.Aside from the assortment of puzzling equipment, there’s the intimidating group of grunting weightlifters in the corner, the seemingly superhuman runners on the treadmill, and more Lycra than you can shake a stick at.
When I used to have my own space and ran my own program I used to tell people who approached me about classes to buy a single class first, before they bought the 6 class pass. I knew I was competent: that was not the question. But not every teacher is the right teacher for every student. For me teaching yoga was never about how many bodies I could pack in the room, or how much money I could make, or how much press I could generate. It is kind of like the packaged food in the market....
So today's workout was not lifting in my gym, or running on the treadmill. Nope, it was simply working on some landscaping and working on some parking for my clients. You see, I have an extra parking spot, but wanted to raise it up so that is was more level.