My name is Becky, and I am a Group Fitness Instructor!
Hey there! Thanks for coming over here to learn more about me. My name is Becky and I am a certified Group Fitness Instructor through AFAA.
I have been working out consistently (and sometimes inconsistently!) for 10 years. When I was younger, my goals for exercise included losing weight and looking good -- and while there is certainly nothing wrong with either of those, over time my primary goals for fitness have changed.
Now I focus on maintaining strength and mobility, keeping my body active and healthy (as much as I can control!). There are two huge reasons my goals have changed over time! What are they??
I am a Registered Dental Hygienist.
I graduated with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2018. I LOVE dental hygiene. Not only do I enjoy the work, but I really enjoy helping people and teaching! Dental hygiene allows me to do both of those things. It's so satisfying when you are able to teach a patient something they never knew before about their oral health and they are so appreciative!
Even though I enjoy my job, it is very taxing on my body. As much as I am constantly aware of my posture and ergonomics while I work, the nature of my job simply puts a lot of pressure on my hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, back and hips--just to name a few!
I have to keep my body strong and mobile in order to do my job. If I miss even a few days of working out, I can feel my body becoming stiff and sore; and trust me, it's not worth it!
I have Crohn's Disease.
Ironically, the same summer I received my license as a dental hygienist, I also was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. (Is that the correct use of the word, "ironically"? Not sure!)
Crohn's Disease is often thought of as a disease of the stomach, and often misclassified as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Rather, it is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and although it most often attacks the small intestine, it can also present itself anywhere in the digestive tract.
It is a less known fact that Crohn's Disease also effects other parts of one's body, including the skin, hair, eyes, bones and joints -- and I have experienced each of these!
I have found that exercise has helped my body both physically and mentally, and staying active has helped me overcome everything Crohn's Disease throws at me!
As you can see, exercise is a big component in my life because it helps my body through the daily challenges it faces! Our bodies are not always going to be at the same place physically. Sometimes it's a 45-minute HIIT workout, other times it's a simple walk up and down the street. My goal is to help others dealing with a taxing job or a chronic disease find support and a workout routine that work for you -- and do it with a smile!
For more information about the types of workouts I teach, check out this page ---> here!
If you want to learn more about these three facets of my life - exercise, dental hygiene and Crohn's Disease - check out my blog!
Stay strong and s m i l e !