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Oaktree Stories: Movement and Fitness

 

By Dr. Marie-Pier, Stittsville Chiropractor.

In honour of June being our month of fitness, I wanted to share my journey with it in hopes to inspire some of you who also struggle in feeling like they don’t like to exercise.

When I was doing my undergrad in Kinesiology, we had a few classes that took us in the gym to get us moving and measure different aspects of exercise (like our maximum heart rate or VO2 max). To say I didn’t like these classes is an understatement. I never understood the appeal of going to the gym and lifting weights or running on a treadmill. I just didn’t get it, particularly when someone would inevitably mention “runner’s high” or how addicting it was to move your body. Being active in my young adulthood (beyond just going for a walk) was not something I ever did, which is a bit surprising considering my childhood of competitive gymnastics and swimming.

 

Fast forward a few years to chiropractic school, and I was still the same – I never stepped foot inside the gym at the school, but I did eventually commit to swimming twice a week during my last year and a half there, so at least that was something! Fast forward again to after graduation, and I stopped moving my body intentionally again. It wasn’t until a few years later that it all changed.

Now don’t get me wrong – I knew the incredible importance of movement, I just struggled to find what was right for me and the motivation to actually do it. I was still young and healthy, and even if I knew that it would eventually come crashing down around me if I didn’t do something about it, I struggled to actually do something about it.

It wasn’t until I met Sam, owner of the gym Between The Bumpers in Stittsville, that it all changed. I got to know the incredible community that he built, and that I eventually became a part of. His gym is different than what I had always pictured – I didn’t want to go to the gym by myself, come up with a whole workout by myself, and feel stupid for not knowing how to use all the different equipment. At Between The Bumpers, he showed all the different exercises with the equipment before I joined the group classes – that way I knew what I was doing and wouldn’t feel foolish in front of others. There’s always a coach there to give you tips on how to improve and guide you so you don’t injure yourself. And the group class means we’re all in it together – and we push ourselves and each other to do our best every day!

The gym became a big part of my life, and while I don’t go every day of the week, I still make it a priority to go every week to move my body and build muscle. Even on the days I don’t feel like it, it is now a part of my routine – it’s easy to not feel motivated to do it, but if you build it into your schedule, it’s way easier to get it done.

Movement, strength, and that gym have become such a big part of my life over the last few years that I wanted to incorporate even more of it into my life – so when Sam and I talked about my hosting a Postpartum Rehab class there, it was a no-brainer. I was able to bring a much-needed program to the community that I love to serve.

 

The point to this story is this – there is no one option that is right for everyone. Big gyms like Goodlife (while there being absolutely nothing wrong with them) just aren’t for me. And if that sounds like you too, know that there are other options out there for you! Take this as your push to find something – whatever it might be – and get your body moving! Even if you’re not sure where to start, you can talk to your friends or even us, and we might be able to help point you in the right direction.

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