I don’t know if I have ever shared with you all that I used to be a personal trainer… For a brief time, (a year) when I lived in MA I was working 5 jobs to make ends meet and became a personal trainer, spin instructor, aerobics instructor, aquatics instructor… you name it, if it was a class at the gym, I probably taught it at one point.
Why am I bringing this up? Honestly because if you are like me now, I was finding it very hard to find the time to take care of me. I was overly consumed with school. I went to bed thinking about my class, woke up with them on my mind and obviously all day they were with me. I got into a cycle where I stopped working out and my eating choices were starting to slip.
I recently joined a new gym and have been making myself leave work and go work out…. and man, does it feel good. It’s that oh this hurts but I love it feeling.
Today I met with a trainer who was so awesome. We talked for a good 45 minutes about eating habits, nutrition, exercise and I started to get excited at the thought of getting back into eating healthy, exercising and finding a healthy balance in my life.
I write to you to say, if you are in the place where I was, take a few minutes to reassess what’s going on. My trainer says that when your stress levels increase (he asked, is there a lot of stress being a teacher? …. if he only knew!), you inadvertently “swell” up. He says your blood pressure goes up, and your quality of life goes down. It’s amazing what stress will do to you!!
One way to decrease stress is by exercising!! When you exercise your body releases all those nasty toxins that make us “swell up.” Exercising also produces endorphins that make you feel good.
I challenge you to start small. Make a good, realistic, measurable goal and start tomorrow! You can start by drinking an extra glass of water, walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or parking at a far parking space instead of one up close, or take a bath with candles to decrease stress. No matter what you do, take the time to better your quality of life.
We teachers spend days in and out pouring into the next generation, talking to parents, dealing with administration and on top of all that, we juggle our personal lives.
I hope you’ll find balance and take some time for YOU. You deserve it.