The Social Courage to Exercise
By Stéphanie Boivin
I was inspired to write this article by a participant in the last Fitness-Ballet class I gave in one of our Olympe centers.
She did not know anybody in the group and had no idea what to expect from a class with a name like Fitness-Ballet. Would she be the only one who had never done ballet? Would she have the physical strength, the flexibility or the coordination needed for such an activity? Would she feel ridiculous?
At the third class, she confided in me. She told me that she was talking to her boyfriend about the classes and that she couldn’t wait to sign up for the next session. She also said she dreamed about her improvement and the time she would be a veteran in her group.
As a kinesiologist, I have had the chance to meet a lot of people as brave and as determined as this young woman. Whether at the gym or in group classes, there are always individuals who worry about other people’s judgment of their physical abilities or limitations. These individuals therefore need a whole lot of social courage to pursue such activities.
In the end, it does not matter what talents or skills a person has when they undertake a new training program or a new sport: we all improve and collect achievements when we exercise. Every day, I see new friendships forming, modesty kicking in, new talents being discovered and negative ideas transformed into positive ones.
And you, whatever the reason, what makes you proud?