While I have hopped from job to job like a frog jumping from lilypad to lilypad, there has been one job that I have always kept. It has helped me through some very rough times in my life and has helped me financially, physically, emotionally and mentally.
My side hustle as a group fitness instructor
While I do get a great workout from teaching my classes, the workout is really more for my members. There have been times where I felt like I had reached a plateau in my fitness level. I have taken on a few fitness challenges in the past to overcome that plateau. Last year I participated in a TRX bootcamp. It was really great to have my body challenged in a different way. It was also nice to take a break from the yelling/motivating. Earlier this month, I discovered that I can do a full chin-up (insert fist pump here) with those chin up bars you install in a doorway. Just last week I challenged myself on the spot to clean and press more weight on the bar while teaching a more difficult back track. It was tough, but I managed to survive.
So when fellow Canadian pf blogger Jessica Moorhouse of MoMoneyMoHouses asked me to help promote her Rich and Fit Challenge that she is hosting with fitness coach/champion body builder Jaclyn Phillips, I jumped on the chance. Well I did even one better, actually. I signed up to participate in the challenge as well.
Aside from people wanting to get physically fit in the New Year, an insanely popular resolution is to get fiscally fit. So you’d be killing two birds with one stone if you took up this 21 day challenge to improve your health and finances. It’s pure genius I tell you. Health and wealth should be at everyone’s top of the list really.
Despite being a group fitness instructor, I actually have great difficulty in motivating myself to do exercise. I’ve tried to do workouts and go for runs on my own (and with friends, but I will forever hate running, so that’s a lost cause), but working out solo in my own home or even at the gym is not for me. I personally feel I don’t work as hard or can’t work as hard. I actually want to slack off because NOBODY is telling me to go harder, faster or stronger.
Weird as it may seem, but I think doing the workouts in my own living room might actually be the biggest challenge for me because I am so used to, practically hardwired now to exercise in a group setting. However, I know that I won’t be the only one and other people who have signed up for the challenge will be doing it along with me in their own homes. I will be posting updates on how the challenge is progressing for me. I just thought of this now, but depending on how much time I have or how I feel, I may post videos of myself doing a workout regime or two.
I feel that given my past work history and circumstances, my finances are also in pretty good shape, (my lil Miss character would be a combination of Lil’ Miss Shy and Lil’ Miss Saver. I should note there is actually no Lil’ Miss Saver Character though, but that would be a good book for kids!) but I always love reading about other peoples’ tips and tricks and trying to see whether or not they would work for me. I haven’t tried everything yet, so I will leave no stone unturned. I think everyone’s financial methods or plans could use a financial refresher here and there, regardless of what stage you are at financially. It is very possible that I have reached a financial plateau (I should probably copyright this term) and this challenge may be exactly what I need.
It’s free to sign up and there are amazing prizes such as CASH to be won. But you better hurry, because registration closes on Jan 8th. So click HERE to sign up.