I have been back to work almost two weeks now, and understandably, things are slow. At the gym things are different, but the same. Cleanliness was always strongly encouraged and now it is stressed. Everything is wiped down before and after every use, Spray bottles with disinfectant are provided for every member and trainer. The bottles themselves are wiped down after every checkout. The showers are now also stocked with these, and there are employees walking around cleaning through out the day. The gym closes early for deep cleaning and fogging. All a little new and a little old.
The best part, People are coming in to work out, reinforcing their commitment to a healthier way of living. The feeling of camaraderie is still there and people are glad to see one another returning. They ask after those they don’t see. Some lament the time lost, but most are just happy to be back and to see others.
Those client that have return to work with me remind me that what I do now is what counts. My undivided attention and willingness to take extra steps to see them comfortable and safe. The focus is on the now, and the short term future. Not how do we make up time lost, but what can we do from where we are now. Not what will we do in the future, but what can we do now to ensure the future will be better on a singular level. That the person with me now will be more ready for what ever comes or doesn’t.
And the swimmers are starting back as well. It is good to see their bright faces and if there is one place in my life where normalcy is more about attitude than action it is there. Children remind me that this moment, this very second, is the most important of my day. It is the only one that matters till the next one gets here. The sense of excitement is contagious, and there is no impending doom. Its all about how to swim, and how to enjoy it.
I think this is the truth about building a lasting plan for improved fitness at every and any age, not just how to do it, but how to make it fun.
Its a beautiful day and my garden is calling me, further proof that humans will work their butts off at something they enjoy.. Till next time…