Thursday, March 24, 2011

Great welcome to Yuma

I recently moved to Yuma from Indianapolis, IN and brought OnTrack Fitness with me. I’ve been teaching an activity and exercise class series at the Yuma Library, and it’s been an educational experience for me, just as much as the class participants.

I feel like I’ve learned so much just from listening to the class as we discuss health and fitness. I’ve given them information about how to get fit, training guidelines, etc, but they’ve given me a perspective I couldn’t have gotten anywhere but Yuma!

The class is an eight week series and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many different people. There’s been such a wide variety of folks each week – from a three year old that can already do pushups and break dance, to an eighty five year old lady that is still biking, walking and doing senior Olympics! We’ve had people that are trying to learn English, winter visitors from all over and people that have lived in Yuma their entire lives.

Here are three things I’ve learned from my class participants:

1. Age truly means nothing.
You can do pushups, walk, bike, swim, anything - at 3 just as well as you can do it at 85.

2. Learning never stops!
Open your mind to learning throughout your life and it keeps you sharp and active.

3. You have more of an influence on people that you may ever know.
I’ve seen this in two ways: The mother that brought her two young children to class. I was impressed on how much these kids knew all about fitness and health and they obviously got that from their parents.

The other way I learned about influencing people is how the class has influenced me. The people I’ve met, I’ll never forget. They are so friendly, positive and eager to learn. It really had an impact on me.

So, this class has been a great ‘welcome to Yuma’, and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone. Thank you for the wonderful experience.