My job as a fitness professional is to get people to exercise. Unfortunately, most of my friends, who range in age from 30 to 55, are too busy to get to the gym. So I spend quite a bit of time talking about the need to be proactive when it comes to our health. This makes me unpopular in some circles.

How do I convince people that they need to make time for their health? Most people do not want to hear about the potential pitfalls of carrying too much weight. Most people do not want to hear that they are losing muscle mass and flexibility that will be hard to regain the longer that they avoid formal exercise.

A few weeks ago, a client mentioned to me that they find my blog depressing because they are not old (59) and do not want to be thinking about avoiding things like dementia and falls at this point in their life.

I could pull out statistics and give reasons for my approach from a scientific perspective, however to be honest most people tune this information out so I try to speak about what I see happening in the majority of my classes and with my friends.

I am alarmed by the number of people experiencing chronic back, wrist and knee pain. I know so many people of all ages who fear that if they get down on the ground, they may not be able to get back up. I have young friends who cannot touch their toes, have no core strength and weak cardiovascular endurance.

I know that when an accident occurs, that these people will have a harder time recovering. The last thing I want is for my friends and family to suffer needlessly and this is why I hope that people decide to get to the gym before their doctor tells them that they need to lose twenty pounds for the sake of their knees, hips backs and hearts.

What I know for sure, is that I want my students, family and friends to be able to move pain free, through a full range of motion. I want them to be able to get down on the floor and up again easily. I hope that they will be able to dance, play golf, curl and ski for as long as possible.

On a happy note. One of my most dedicated students just had knee surgery and she wrote to tell me how impressed the doctors were with her physical condition.

“I am back home from the knee surgery, safe and sound. I have to thank you for the good shape my body is in. I surprised all in the hospital with my ability to lift and lower myself on one leg, getting up and sitting with ease, walking safely, not to mention the good bridge so they could stick the bed pan under me…I must say, that I think I am lucky with a high pain threshold. In the recovery room, the nurse was waiting for the pain to strike before sending me to the floor and luckily it never came… I am happy it all went better than expected. Now I have to work at bending the joint. The physiotherapist from CLSC is coming today. I feel strong, with all the narcotics gone, I have more pain but I hope to be able to do what I need to do.
So againĀ  Beth, thank you for keeping us in shape!”

This is why I do what I do!

See you soon,

Beth