Inspiring others: An Instructor’s Blog

As we move about the routine of our lives, it becomes easier to follow the daily pattern we have set up for ourselves. Even if our days are slightly different from the day before, our patterns of work are fairly stable and consistent. This can be both good and bad for us as people. We reduce stress in following a set routine but we also avoid opportunities that might allow us to stretch ourselves as people in our lives and careers.

Opportunities do not always come looking for you; you have to start actively looking for them. Perhaps you have been approached to teach a new fitness class. Of course you can prepare to do a class but what can you do differently to make this a unique class? If it’s a Yoga class, do you have music that is appropriate for the group and time frame of the class? Perhaps you might use an essential oil diffuser to add an aroma of relaxation to the class. Little things but reasons for student to want to return to your class again.

If you teach a Zumba class, do you ask about the kinds of music that the class enjoys? Depending on the audience, people react to music they can easily move to and appreciate a practiced instructor who knows how to cue well. Instructors are looked upon to lead in a way that makes the class fun for everyone. How can you make this a unique class?

Perhaps someone you work with may ask you to do a presentation or short speech. Look at this not as a problem but an opportunity to try a different approach to reaching out to people. Most successful public speakers have started in a small group setting. When you are asked to present, remember to find out the particulars such as the setting, audience, and topic. An outline will help to organize your thoughts and help you stay on topic.

Small steps move us forward out of our comfort zones into new experiences. Be open to opportunities that arise and look at your routine in a new light. Make every day an opportunity to look for new ways to be challenged.

Heat Tips

 

As Spring approaches and warmer weather makes its return, what can we do to protect ourselves from heat related illnesses while exercising outdoors? Illnesses like heat exhaustion and heatstroke are easily preventable. Outlined below you will find some tips to keep you safe and healthy as the weather heats up.

  • Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing – Light colors don’t trap heat from the sun’s rays like darker colors do, and wearing clothes that move and breathe allows heat to escape through your skin.
  • Stay hydrated – You’ve got to drink LOTS of fluids, to replace those you lose sweating. Drinking 8 oz of water every 15 minutes while exercising is recommended in a heated environment.
  • Wear a hat and/or sunscreen – Makes sense, right? Just by reducing the amount of sun that reaches your skin, you keep yourself cooler. And if you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, you know it only makes the heat feel hotter. On top of the fact that you’ll be reducing your risk of skin cancer. Added perk!
  • Seek out shade – Just avoid being directly in the sun if at all possible. The air temperature will feel as much as 15 degrees cooler in the shade.
  • Allow time for your body to acclimate to the heat – It can take as long as 2 weeks for your body to completely acclimate to exercising in a heated environment. Consider reducing your exercise intensity and duration if you are just beginning to exercise in the warmer temperatures.

Above all, just listen to your body. If you start to feel any symptoms of nausea, dizziness, fatigue and/or shortness of breath, stop exercising immediately and ask for help. If recognized early enough, moving to a cooled area and drinking water will usually get rid of any symptoms of heat illness. Happy exercising everybody! Stay safe out there!

-by Savannah Swafford, METFitness Coordinator

Let’s Take It Outside

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It is the best time of year to get outdoors here in Florida! Spring is here and things are starting to get warmer as we move into Summer. This phrase does not always bring to mind the thought of exercise but that’s because you might be looking at it the wrong way. Depending on what you like, exercise outdoors can be truly rewarding. It can help decrease stress and increase motivation. Just pick something you really like to do so you can look forward to doing it. Here are some possible suggestions:

Walk – call a friend in your neighborhood to go for a walk. Catch up on the local news and share a laugh as you spend some time outdoors enjoying the wonderful weather we have here in Florida this time of year.

Bike – Dust off those pedals of your bicycle sitting in the garage and go find an adventure. Bike to a lake or park and see what others are up to. You might get more ideas on your travels. Stationary bikes are great too if you join a class indoors where you can get motivated.

Play a Friendly Game- There’s lot of things to do right where you live! There’s basketball courts and tennis courts right here for you, this is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the awesome Florida weather we brag about.

Swim- Looking for something low-impact and easy on the joints? Go for a swim or take your workout to the pool with Aqua Fitness.

Yoga – if you want to work out with a little more control, perhaps a yoga session in your community will give you the relaxation and enjoyment you are looking for. It’s always more fun if you ask someone you know to join you! METFitness has Yoga every Thursday evening at 6pm at B Resort and Spa in Orlando. Check out our website for more information on joining us for classes here! http://www.metfitnessflorida.com

Whatever you decide to do, put the idea of fun at the front of your plan, and do something that you will look forward to doing. Remember the child in you and get out of your house and have fun!

Summer Aqua Fitness in Florida

Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.

 

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Interested in becoming an instructor?

 

METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:

http://www.metfitnessflorida.com/contact

New Yoga classes at B Resort in Orlando

 

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METFitness is excited to be offering Yoga classes to the public starting Thursday, March 16th at 6pm at B Resort and Spa located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd in Orlando, Florida. We would love to see you there!

Please join us for this new Thursday class with Fabiola, our 500 hour Certified instructor. If you have always wanted to try a class with Metfitness, this is the time. Class is $17/drop in rate. Stay tuned for more info soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Garden Returns with Metfitness this Summer!

Aqua Fitness and Aqua Zumba will be returning to the Winter Garden schedule starting May 13th for the entire summer! Stay tuned for more details and the full 2017 summer class schedule.

 

 

Interested in becoming an instructor?

 

METFitness will be having an Aqua Fitness Training that is open to all fitness professionals in the Orlando area! For more details about the training, or if you are interested in teaching classes with us, please email us on our contact page at:

http://www.metfitnessflorida.com/contact

 

Sedona Yoga Festival March 2017

 

 

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 It’s almost here! The Sedona Yoga Festival is happening March 9-12 and you still have a chance to join in on all the conference has to offer!

The Conference offers new special training in Yoga including Aqua Yoga sessions. All of the sessions take place amidst the nature and beauty of Arizona’s red rocks. You might want to sign up for a special optional 20 hour training, enabling participants to help those who suffer from PTSD. Use our Studio Partner link below for discounted tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/syf-a-consciousness-evolution-conference-5th-annual-sedona-yoga-festival-tickets-22652197332?aff=SYF2017StudioPartner&afu=177366754726

 

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Finding Ways to Love Yourself

hearmindValentine’s Day is a time of year when we show our love and gratitude to the special people in our lives. We shower our loved ones with shows of affection, not only on this holiday, but also in our daily lives year round. We all want to make others feel loved and admired, but what about ourselves? In order to serve those around us in the most meaningful way, self-love is essential.

Many people that consciously embark on a self-love journey are inspired to do so by someone else in their life. Love for yourself lives not only in our minds, but also in every cell of our bodies. Nurturing yourself, mind and body, has been undeniably linked with a longer, healthier, and happier life.

One of the primary ways to cultivate self-love is through exercise. Of course exercise makes you feel good for the superficial reasons – when you look good, you feel good – but there’s so much more to it than that. We’ve all heard it; exercise releases endorphins. These are beautiful little chemicals that your brain pumps out to make you feel good. Improved self-esteem is a well-know benefit of regular physical activity. Exercising, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body. So, even on those low energy days, just show up. If you can just show up to that class or the gym, the second you start moving, your brain will start to reward you. And that in turn will make you want to replicate the feeling. And when you are truly happy, high on life, your amazing mood will positively affect others.

Meditation is another way to really check in with yourself and nurture your mental and emotional health. Many extremely successful people have shared that meditation has absolutely been a key part of their success. Oprah, Steve Jobs, and Sting – these people have testified to the value of daily meditation and even admit that some of their best ideas came to them during this time of introspection. It’s like a daily cleaning for your mind.

In the age of social media, we are constantly being bombarded by everyone else’s thoughts and opinions. Meditation allows us to hear ourselves, and only ourselves, and the insight and wisdom that can come from just paying attention in the moment will surprise you. Even if you feel like you have no idea how to start, you can find a plethora of free, guided, meditation videos online. Just pick one and see what happens. Meditation is like any other type of exercise – just focused on your brain. It does require practice and patience. You don’t expect the rest of your body to change overnight, so don’t expect your brain to learn to meditate perfectly either. But if you stick with it, the rewards can be very satisfying.

So just remember, when you’re sending out love and gratitude to the people in your life, add yourself to that list. Sometimes being the best version of ourselves is the best gift we can give to others.

-by Savannah Swafford, METFitness Coordinator

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