Monday, October 20, 2014

ZINspiration Monday with Rob Gurney

Today's ZINspiration comes from Canadian Rob Gurney who found Zumba and made other lifestyle changes to get healthy.  Here is Rob's story.

For 20 years, I smoked and had other unhealthy vices. I was working at the YMCA, where I started weight lifting and then was introduced to Zumba. We were actually having a staff retreat and for the break, we did Zumba as a group. I immediately picked it up and knew teaching was on my bucket list! I have memories from when I was young of my mother as an aerobics instructor and she looked like she had so much fun teaching, and I had finally found the same passion.

Since getting B1 licensed in December 2011 (generously sponsored by the YMCA) and volunteering as an instructor, I have lost 30 pounds and added muscle mass; my heart rate is healthier than it was when I was in my 20s. I also took Zumba Gold and group exercise training. I treat my body with respect and, in October 2012, quit drinking and smoking - I haven't looked back since.

I still volunteer and now also have a paid instructor gig for the University of Alberta.  My advice to others is to get support, set goals, do it in group settings, and reward yourself with a before and after picture. Start small, like getting rid of chips or drinking lots of water. Through diligence and passion your dreams can come true.

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