This is a blog post I wrote for Get Fit Teacher, which is a new venture I’m undertaking with fellow teacher, Michelle Waters. It’s a website we’ve created to provide support and encouragement to teachers who want to improve and maintain their health and fitness.
I’ve been working the last few years on getting in shape and eating better. I know making the changes I’ve made not only has improved my health, but has had a positive effect on myself as an educator. I often use my workouts as a time to reflect on my teaching, and workout (see what I did there?) problems I see in the classroom (either as a whole or with individual students). At the very least, it’s been a way to work through the stress that comes with being a teacher and a parent.
In response to all the stress in my life, both at home and at school, I got up one day and just walked out the front door. The only thing I took with me was my phone and earbuds. I didn’t even take my house key with me (I would have seen it as a blessing, to be honest, if I had been locked out of the house). I walked out, not telling a soul I was leaving or where I was going, cued my music playlist, and took a walk around the block. Twice.
That was the beginning of my fitness journey. I just didn’t know it yet.
Source: Teacher, YOU are Worth Your Time