Sometimes, it takes me by surprise when I realise my age and think to myself, “Wow! You’re getting on a bit?!” Does that ever happen to you? I look at the young, fresh-faced Instructors, Trainers and Presenters that I work with and think, “Ahhhhhh.” They are full of enthusiasm and bounce with life and energy, and to be honest, I love it!
I do look at all the people I have crossed paths with in my life, everyone from people in my classes, to the regulars at my local pub, and I am thankful to do what I do and make a living from being involved in the fitness industry. I believe exercise keeps you young physically. I believe teaching group fitness keeps you young at heart. What exactly causes this, I wonder. OK, so there’s the physiological changes and benefits, but what about mindset? What happens in a group fitness environment that can keep your mind and heart young? I think it’s having to learn choreography, mixing with people of a wide age range, getting to know their stories and generally helping people and making a difference in their lives that brings a smile to face, warmth in my heart and a spring to my step.
So it saddens me when I hear some instructors say they don’t like social media. Some still even shy away from emails and use their children’s or husbands’ email address as a point of contact. Oh, and what about music and video downloads? God forbid!
Facebook and to some degree, Twitter, is wonderful. It allows me to “meet” people from all over the world and to develop relationships with them. It allows me to keep in touch with friends and family who are now scattered across the globe, and whilst I may not always talk to them, I can see from their posts and photos they upload, what is happening in their lives. I do not listen or watch the news because I know if something significant is happening somewhere in the world, it will be posted on social media. The people share the news, live, rather than having to rely on government controlled news agencies. Whether we like it or not, I believe that governments let us know news on a need to know basis, so power to people, I say!
Now I love books. Physical books that I can handle in my hands, smell them, scribble on them if necessary. And yet, I own a kindle. I can appreciate the practicality of taking a kindle away on holiday rather than a stack of books like I used to. Physical books also take up storage space, and I am also not a very patient person, so I love the fact that I can purchase a kindle book and I am able to download and read it straight away, rather than wait for it to be delivered. Now, I still do order physical copies of books, but I am more selective and choose the get the ones that I know I will treasure and that I want to spend time cultivating a relationship with that book.
Music and video downloads are also great. Over the years, I have moved around so much that I have learnt to de-clutter and whilst one day, I will own a record player again and start a vinyl collection, right now, music and video downloads suit me. They do not take up physical space, and oh, dusting …. I am so not a domestic goddess! Less stuff, less dusting. I admit, downloading the videos, getting to grips with the latest itunes update, etc drive me nuts sometimes, but hey ho, I am moving with the times.
Likewise with business. I have been self-employed for a long time now but in all honesty, what I do in terms of marketing for my business, I cannot imagine how I used to do it fifteen, twenty years ago. How on earth did I get my courses filled then? Right now, I am planning to offer some free webinars on yoga coaching. I love face-to-face and hands-on teaching but people are busy these days and for some people, finances are tight. So, online webinars are the way forwards in spreading the love. However, that means I am stuck in to learning how to put together a webinar, sorting out a marketing page that I can share across social media, linking that with a system to collage people’s information if they are interested so I can get back to them …. all I can say is my brain hurts a little.
Yet, I know it will be worth it in the long run. Moving with the times, that is something we all need to embrace, be it with technology, books, life and relationships.
Savour the past and appreciate it for what it is. I still have a laugh at the early days of putting together a cassette tape of music for my aerobics class. I had to link the record player up with the cassette recorder. Put the needle down (OMG! Is it called a needle? I can’t remember it was that long ago?!) on the right track and hit record at the same time. It took forever to put together the music for one class. Then, when teaching the class, if all goes well, you had to turn the cassette over half way through the class; if it does not go well, you end up gently pulling the tape out of the machine, hoping it won’t break, and then winding the extremely creased tape back into the cassette!
Moving with the times … Love the past but realise that there is where it belongs.
And the key is moving with the times, going with the flow whilst remaining present.
How is that going for you?