“There’s so much to say about what I love about HG - the size, location, variety, fair pricing and schedule. Heather is a driving force and her candor and humor motivate me more than she might ever know. My favorite classes are the cycle fusion, hot barre and yoga fusion classes. I’m also a big fan of any class that starts before 7 am Monday - Friday. I crave daily sunrise classes to start my days right.” - Melissa
I am very motivated to set a good example for my two boys when it comes to health and wellbeing. They know my top priorities are daily movement and physical activity. My oldest recently asked, “Since you work out all the time, Mom, how hard do you think you could hit this punching bag?!” 😊 I also stress for them that a daily dose of exercise has more to do with just the body, but also keeping the mind healthy.
My personal consistency with exercise can be attributed to an early morning routine—before the world can start asking me for stuff. It took a full year to adjust, but it made all the difference and has drastically improved my discipline, strength and endurance.
My advice for a healthy fitness routine is this: Find what works for you and go beyond committing to it…invest in it! Invest with your time and money. Invest in the friendships and community. Invest in the daily reset for your mind. No excuses. Wear the shirt. Buy the yoga pants. Say “no, I can’t make dinner…I have to go to yoga.” Channel your 87-year-old Grandma who still exercises every day. Showing up for yourself will pay dividends both short and long-term. That’s wealth.
Heather and her community helped me beyond measure during our Spring quarantine. Virtual classes— not just for me, but my boys too. Bike rental. Full transparency in communication. Stephanie calling me out when I hid from screen during virtual yoga. “Suck it up, buttercup” on repeat from Heather. Continuing to be there, to try new things and to be real. It all mattered a lot and matters even still.
The “normal” thing I miss the most is my innocence. Hahaha! Having to be very cautious and aware is taking some getting used to, but I’m finding that the precautions are worth it and definitely make me feel safer. I’m mentally preparing for more virtual interaction in the Fall but trust Heather, trust her staff and trust our community to adapt and make it through again.