Taking Success 'One Step at a Time' - Literally...

posted Nov 7, 2018, 9:11 AM by Walk Strong Calgary
Success in your health journey starts with a single step. Walk Strong Calgary (a division of Witness 4 Fitness) is committed to helping you reach your fitness goals through walking-based group exercise programs... we take the phrase 'one step at a time' literally!

Many people are very uncomfortable with the thought of working out in front of others, for various reasons. I actually used to be very self-conscious when it came to exercising in public. I would run early in the mornings so there was less chance of anyone seeing me. The thought of exercising in a group... was very intimidating. What if I was the only one who didn't know the moves? What if I couldn't keep up? What if I didn't wear the right clothes? What if... I couldn't do it? What if I was so uncoordinated that I throw others off? What if... What if... What if... The beauty of my classes is that if you feel that way, too... I've BEEN THERE and I understand!

What worked for me was when I discovered the Walk at Home DVDs - I could work out in front of my TV where no one could see me (I used to close the drapes to make sure)! In no time I felt more confident as I learned the moves and figured out the coordination. There were times I would walk right up to the TV and say, "Leslie! How are you doing that?" - it's true! LOL! I came to love the program so much that I soon longed to teach others this great mode of exercise... and was certified as a Master Level Walk 15® Instructor. Today, I throw the drapes and the curtains open wide and hope neighbors will ask me what I've been doing in my living room for exercise... 'cause I wanna share this program with them!

From the moment the music starts in my class, I promise you, you'll feel part of the group because we all WALK to the beat! If you want to WALK through the whole class, you CAN! You can't do it wrong! There is no perfection expected... trust me, I'm not perfect either - "Oops, did I just say 'double' and I'm doing a single again?" (note the word 'again...' lol!) We don't focus on getting things exactly right - we focus on executing well, which you learn in time. Working out to music is very helpful because rhythm will help with your timing - it also makes the class seem to go by faster! In addition, I'm trained to help you figure out things such as getting the opposing limbs to work together, and if you do struggle with coordination, I can help you after class if needed - you don't get that kind of feedback and help from a DVD! So grab a pair of clean, dry fitness shoes, a water bottle, wear any clothing that's comfortable and non-restrictive, come on out and try a class!

Nancy Ehle is a Master Level Walk 15® Instructor certified through Walk at Home® as well as a Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She also holds several specialties, including Menopause and Exercise, Postural Assessments, and more. Nancy's enthusiasm is contagious! Her encouraging nature is perfect for group exercise, and her love of music is a bonus - music selection is always upbeat and motivating... you may just find yourself singing along!