As summer comes to an end, it is time for new beginnings. Students are off to another school year. But education is not just for children. To keep on top of our game, all of us need to keep learning and growing in our respective career paths.
One of the ways we learn as adults is by taking classes and attending conventions in our industry. Luckily for those of us living in the Orlando area, there are lots of conventions that take place here focusing on fitness. Recently there was a Zumba Convention in Orlando with thousands of people excited and happy to connect with others in their quest for fitness. Picture large meeting halls with hundreds of energetic people dancing and sharing their passion for exercise. The excitement was contagious with many master instructors leading classes and workshops on helping people improve their skills.
Many of our instructors attended this convention and came away jazzed by their experience. They have learned new routines and are now bringing this excitement to all of our clients. They are renewed in their sense of being an integral part of the fitness industry and proud of their roles in helping people to grow strong and fit.
Sometimes in the fitness industry, we may be overwhelmed by the amount of energy needed every day to maintain positive and effective customer skills. We are all working with people and need to personalize our daily programs based on our clients and their needs. We have to stay in the moment, and put our clients in the front of the picture.
Because of the nature of our work, we do not as a rule, take long extended vacations like our guests. But, we still need a change of pace to charge up our batteries and reenergize in our desire to stay fresh and motivated. One of the ways we can do this is by taking a mini vacation.
Wherever we live, there are places that we have not visited and are open to new experiences. In Orlando area where we are based, there are many places that are only a couple of hours drive away. One of these places is St. Augustine, a city that is celebrating 450 years of history this year. It is about a 2-hour drive from the Orlando area with plenty of places to explore.
St Augustine is home to the St Augustine Lighthouse where you can climb to the top of the lighthouse for a spectacular view. Within a few miles there is also the St Augustine Distillery. This business offers free tours and tastings daily and is worth the trip. The distillery is housed in a restored Ice Plant building and this also the name of the bar/café located next door with wonderful food.
Traveling on a weekday over a weekend has its advantages because hotel rooms are less pricy on a Monday-Wednesday time frame. Additionally there are fewer people on tours and in restaurants on these days.
Pick a location. Start by looking at a map of your state and then looking up things to do in cities that interest you. Try to take a mini vacation a few times a year and come back refreshed and recharged!