I started working out to lose the baby weight after having my second daughter, Ruth. My moderate-to-severe asthma disappeared after having babies (the doctors chalk it up to hormones) and I was, for the first time in my life, able to exercise without having asthma issues. So, of course, I started exercising like I had never exercised before! I found DanceFit and started working on strength and cardio (and stretching! My first DanceFit class ever was Deep Stretch).
I kept making myself goals for my fitness; run two miles without stopping, go to the gym twice a week, take two DanceFit classes a week, try RunFit, etc. But none of these goals seemed super fun to me, they were just things I should to do for my personal health.
I signed Jane, my oldest, up for Tippy-Toes as soon as she was able and joined a gym (with in-house child care) to work more on my cardio. Then an interesting symbiotic relationship occurred between me and my kids: Jane immediately loved ballet and since she was in Tippy Toes and I was dancing with her, I loved it too! I took ballet as a kid, then jazz, tap, danced throughout elementary school but never excelled or loved it the way that Jane immediately did.
I don’t know when it all clicked (maybe it was more of a slow progression) but at some point along my fitness journey I realized that dance was “exercise class” for my kids. They looked forward to it all week so I thought maybe I should view fitness in the same way. It’s fun, it is social, and if it’s not fun, then why would I feel the need to spend my time on it?
Spring came, I started running outside with Ruth in a stroller, and I started truly looking forward to each workout. Running in the fresh air with friends felt amazing and I felt like a great role model for Ruth! The late night workouts at DanceFit were mental breaks for me, self care to see friends and sweat with them. I started taking Zumba, Pound, more musically driven dance-y classes. Then Ruth started taking ballet.
Last summer I trained for and ran a half marathon with Gina (cause workouts are better when they’re social, and especially when they’re 10 mile long runs that end in a downpour) and started truly looking forward to my workouts. This entire time my kids watched me prioritize fitness and myself, and came with me in the double stroller while I did practice runs or stayed with their Dad or a sitter while I did longer runs or classes. They wandered into the screen for Virtual DanceFit classes and danced along (still do!), they cheered me on at the finish line of the half marathon and I cried my eyes out.
Recently I signed up for an adult beginner ballet class at Boston Ballet. Now all three of us practice ballet together! I bought us a barre for Chanukah: Jane helps me with ballet technique, and Ruth helps me with stretching (she is so flexible!). We started doing bedtime yoga together. Jane and I started going for short morning runs together. They inspire me to exercise, stay fit, but most importantly to love doing it, and, at least so far, they are inspired by me the same way.
Mom of 3, wife, business owner, ballet teacher and fitness instructor. Trying hard to raise healthy, happy and grateful children while running the studio of my dreams. Trying to stay FIT, flexible, stylish and take care of myself in the process!