In 2012, I opened BreakAway Cycle & Strength Studio here in Longmont. I’ve so enjoyed the process, and have been thrilled with the way our clients have embraced the studio. Our reviews are positive and our regular clients are seeing great results! At BreakAway we run classes that are not only fun, but that allow for very easy goal setting and tracking, I believe that this, along with our stellar coaching, is what compels or clients to keep coming back!
Recently, I read this article, and was surprised to find out that, while Colorado boasts the lowest obesity rates in the country when it comes to adults, we sadly rank 23rd in the country for childhood obesity! 14.2% of our kids (under 18 years) are obese!
Fitness is what I do, it’s how I try to make the world a better place. So, when I read this and thought about the fact that I rarely see this under 18 year age group in the studio, I decided it was time to do something about it.
Unfortunately, I know from personal experience how critical it is to develop healthy patterns early on. I didn’t develop the right patterns, and it took me years to get back to a healthy place. Before I hit my teens, I was incredibly active, I could eat whatever I wanted, and so I did. My favorite (almost daily) treat was a 5th Avenue candy bar (usually 2)! As I got older, I began to gain weight and I dealt with the low self-esteem that goes along with weight issues. I withdrew from sports, I withdrew from friends, I didn’t date, I struggled with eating disorders, and I was so completely consumed by all of my problems and obsessions, that I missed many opportunities that would never come my way again. I was living such an unhealthy life! And, although I steer away from regret, I can admit that the memories I have of that time in my life are not the one’s that I should have. It took a complete shift of focus for me in my mid-20s to finally set things right.
I am not unique in my struggles, I know many of us have been through the same, and maybe even still haven’t found balance and peace. I don’t believe it has to be this way. I think we can influence our kids early on to make good nutritional choices and to find activities that will increase not only their health and fitness, but that will offer them a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. Most of all, these activities will become habits that they’ll carry on with them into adulthood. Learning to correct bad habits is just so much more difficult that starting out with healthy habits right from the start.
On Wednesday nights from 4:30p-7:30p, through the summer, please drop your kids off at BreakAway ($12) for some healthy fun. Each week will include a 35-minute ride, or we’ll bring in guest instructor, Tracy, to lead us through a POUND class (drumming fitness). We’ll follow that up with about 30 minutes of resistance training using bodyweight or light free weights. After a 1-hour workout, there will be the option to stay for a feature movie on our HD projector or a free-style dance party.
Of course, fitness is just one aspect of a healthy life, but it’s a great first step, and when done on a regular basis, it can have a positive affect on every other decision that our kids make.
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