By Jill Beam~
At my first Jazzercise class in 1979, I walked into a big gym at a local recreation center. There stood several women wearing all kinds of fitness outfits, varying in age. I wore a black leotard and black tights, and noticed that most women in black leotards and tights were in the very back row. That’s where I planted myself.
I stayed in the back row for six months, then branched out. I traded my black tights and leotard for colored tights and a red leotard, with the word “Jazzercise” printed down the side. I moved up to the third row. My confidence soared. I was falling in love with the program.
After eight months, I was in the front row, wearing the brightest leotard and tights. The instructor approached me and said she noticed how well I moved, and recommended I become an instructor. I didn’t even blink! I auditioned, and have been an instructor ever since.
We all know how vital exercise is. The benefits are endless, from boosting your immunity to bettering your mood. Exercise makes you “feel good about you,” which outshines anything else.
If you want to begin an exercise program, but don’t know where to start, let me offer some tips to help you.
You may ask yourself, How do I start to exercise at my age? How do I do it if I have an injury, arthritis, joint pain, or heart disease? How do I deal with the fears (like being in the back row black leotard group)? These are legitimate concerns for the 50 plus crowd. But remember, you can do anything you set your mind to, and no one is ever too old to start exercising.
Get out of that “back row” mentality, be bold, and join in. You will bloom physically and mentally!