Monday, 21 May 2012

Who motivates the motivator?

Me & Mus

How do you motivate the motivator?  My answer: find a great teacher.  

I love being around people who are passionate about what they do.  Their enthusiasm radiates an infectious energy and leaves you wanting more.  As a dancer, fitness instructor and an award winning yoga teacher (did I mention the award?) I like to think I’m a passionate health advocate...but I still need motivating!

Who are my favourite motivators?  I seem to have created a team of them over the years.  Some come and go whilst others seem to become lifelong friends.  My yoga guru, Denise Martin Harker, runs Aware studio in Ware.  She’s been my teacher and mentor for many years and I believe I will be her eternal student.  Then there’s Mus (pictured) a talented personal trainer who trains me like an athlete and then there’s Maggie, Forty Hall Running Club, who at 60+ is the inspiration I aspire to be.

But my favourite motivators of all time, are my two boys.  They remind me to have fun with fitness.  So we’ll try yoga on the trampoline, ride our bikes through big muddy puddles or dance like Diversity in front of the telly.  They’re my biggest excuse to be silly and if there’s ever a reason to maintain my health and wellbeing, then it’s for them.  Being their role model is important as I hope to encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle.

So do you have a favourite motivator? I would love to know who they are? 

Over the next few months I'll be highlighting some of the health and wellbeing 'stars' of my community in the hope that you'll explore some of the services on offer in yours.  

Or better still why not come and try some with me? It’s the year of the London Olympics so what better motivation to get fit do we need? 

Are you up for the challenge? Well, let’s get motivated!

Go Fitness!

I’m on a mission to find out what sort of exercise really does keep us motivated to stay active and fit? Is it the exercise or the motivator?

Over the next few months, I'll be highlighting some of the health and wellbeing 'stars' in my community and reporting back to you.  I hope that maybe you’ll join me and explore what’s on offer in your area too?  

It’s the year of the London Olympics so what better motivation do we need to get fit?

Are you up for the challenge? Well, let’s get motivated!

Kevin Matthews with students & teachers

Go Fitness! This event was organized by Kevin Matthews and Samantha Russell of Fitness For Your Future and was held in my local town Enfield on Sunday 13th May.  The day was designed to bring health enthusiasts and their friends together to enjoy a variety of fitness classes. 

Kindly invited by Kevin and Sam I thought this would be an excellent fitness challenge.  The timetable read Zumba, Body Combat, Total Tone, Body Attack and Stretch.  Just to test me a little more I was given a MOVband to wear.  The MOVband is a wrist worn perdometer/activity monitor designed for kids and adults and FFF are currently the UK’s distributors. It’s really easy to use and an exciting way to track your daily steps and movement mileage.

It’s been a while since I hung up my aerobic teacher boots in favour of the yoga mat but, wow,  it didn’t take me long to get back into the swing.  The teachers were full of energy and kept us motivated throughout.  Even now I can’t quite believe I took part in five back to back sessions, clocked up 10 miles and still had energy later to take my kids out for a bike ride!

'I did it!'

I have since bought MOVbands (in funky colours) for my family.  My boys love them and one day they clocked up 29 miles on the trampoline.  Now that’s active! 

I would thoroughly recommend taking part in a Go Fitness Event because it's not just about getting fit, it’s about having fun,  trying something new and meeting likeminded people.   Maybe I’ll see you there next time?

For information about FFF Events and MOVbands go to

Who motivates you? Would you like me to come and review your favourite class or activity?

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