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Introducing The People of Balance 180

Balance 180 is a fantastic gymnastics academy with an amazing staff, dedicated volunteers, a beautiful facility, and talented athletes. But, Balance 180 is also so much more than just a place to do gymnastics a few times a week. We are teammates, friends, a community, and more importantly, a family. Every single person who walks through our doors contributes to our community, and each person has a story. With this, we present to you our newest blog series titled, “The People of Balance 180.”

Each month, we will interview a coach, an athlete, a parent, a volunteer, or any member of our Balance 180 family, and celebrate this person together. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone who is involved with Balance 180 to be featured, send us an email to balance180gym@gmail.com. We are excited to share with you the incredible stories of The People of Balance 180. 

Written and created by Julie Walter 

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The Most Savage Things Kids Said in 2017

Kids can be adorable and sweet and oh so loving, but let’s be honest, sometimes they are just downright savage. Here are some of the most savage moments we at Balance 180 witnessed, and boy are they good.

Oh okay, no hard feelings…

 

Wouldn’t be amazing if this was considered a legitimate excuse. And no, not conditioning their hair, conditioning their body with strength training exercises.

Well, guess someone will be going to the gym more often now. 

Storytime: At Balance 180 we have a unique way of celebrating one’s birthday. We all hold hands around the birthday boy or girl and run around in a circle yelling the happy birthday song. One day a very excited young girl came in and the whole practice she was telling every coach that it was her birthday. So naturally, at the end of practice everyone gathers around her and just before we start scream-singing, her mom comes barreling on the floor to promptly tell us that it was not, in fact, her daughter’s birthday. We were none the wiser.

When your stress shows on your face…

Mhhhmm…whatever you say 

Our athletes definitely keep us on our toes, and we love them for it. What was the most savage thing your child said in 2017?

Written by: Julie Walter

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Can you hear the bells?

The time for binge watching holiday movies is now, and while we could discuss the joy you feel from watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on repeat, there is one movie that is giving us all the feels here at Balance 180. In the movie The Polar Express, the main character, a young boy, was given the opportunity to choose the first gift of Christmas from Santa Claus. He chooses one of Santa’s reindeer’s bells. When the boy rang this special bell, only those who truly believed were able to hear its beautiful sound.

Independent of Santa Claus or the Easter bunny or tooth fairy, at what point do we lose the ability to hear the bell and lose the magic of our childlike spirit? When and why do we stop observing and participating in the world with such awe and wonder and cease to enjoy life’s simple pleasures?

At the Balance 180 gym, we embrace the joy of childhood with the fun and excitement of making new friends, trying things for the first time, and learning new skills. We celebrate accomplishments, both big and small. In fact, we even have our own special bell. Every time one of our athlete’s masters a new skill, the athlete gets to ring the bell.

Full of pride, our athletes approach the bell and like magic everyone in the gym stops to applaud their accomplishment. While ringing a bell may seem small and insignificant, to our athletes there is no comparison to how much joy they feel in that moment. This is our special bell that everyone can hear, and for a brief moment, all of the people in the gym share in the child’s excitement and believe again. Believe in hope, in triumph, and in happiness.

Whether it’s walking across a balance beam or a college graduation stage, it’s important to take the time to celebrate the small things and enjoy each special moment. 

The year 2017 has been filled with so many incredible moments and milestones at the gym, and we are so grateful for everyone who has helped get us to where we are today. As we prepare to ring in the new year, please consider giving a child the gift of confidence, accomplishment, and joy.

As a nonprofit, a big part of Balance 180’s mission is to make gymnastics available to all children, independent of their ability or financial status. Balance 180 is committed to serving children with and without disabilities, by providing scholarships, specialized equipment, dedicated coaches, and volunteers trained to work with children with special needs.

We look forward to a wonderful year ahead, and hope you will join us in helping give ALL children in the Gainesville community the opportunity to enjoy sports and learn new skills in a supportive environment.

 

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How do you avoid working out?

As the holiday season is upon us finding the motivation to exercise can become a bit more difficult. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find any excuse to avoid a workout, especially when the alternative is slouching around the house or stuffing my face with festive holiday foods. Here are the ten excuses we may use and why, sadly, they are not particularly helpful.

  1. I’m too tired

Believe it or not, exercising actually boosts our energy levels and makes us happy. So, throw that excuse out.

  1. I’ll do it tomorrow

Carpe Diem! Seize the day! There is no time like the present and to expect tomorrow is to take today for granted.

  1. The gym is too expensive

Who needs a gym membership when we live in Florida? There are thousands of ways to burn some calories all for FREE. Jogging, rollerblading, and riding a bike are just a few examples.

  1. I don’t have time

There is always time to break a sweat. Squat while brushing your teeth? ✅. Dance around while you are vacuuming? ✅ Jump rope while waiting for the kids at their sporting event? ✅✅

  1. But it’s sooo boring

Yes, walking on an uphill treadmill for 30 minutes with nothing to do but people watch is undeniably boring. But maybe the treadmill isn’t the right type of exercise for you. Try group fitness classes, online classes where you can flail about with no one to judge you, or bring a friend and chat about your day as you suffer, I mean workout, together.

  1. I already walked a lot today, doesn’t that count?

I think you can answer this one yourself. And the answer, unfortunately, is a resounding no.

  1. I never see any results, so what’s the point.

Sticking with a workout routine is vital. Of course, we won’t see results if we only work out once in a blue moon. So stick with it and I promise you will get the results you want. Remember it takes 4 weeks, for YOU to see your body change. It takes 8 weeks for FRIENDS AND FAMILY to notice. And it takes 12 weeks for the REST OF THE WORLD to praise all of the hard work.

  1. I’m way too old for all this cardio stuff.

Nobody is too old to strive for a healthy body. If high impact workouts make getting up in the morning impossible, try some lower impact exercises like yoga, pilates, or ballet.

  1. I always have the kids.

Bring them along! There is nothing better than working up a sweat as a family. You get to burn some calories and they get some of that never-ending energy out.

  1. I don’t know where to start.

Starting is always the most difficult part. Google some beginner exercises, ask a friend who already works out routinely to help you out, or seek help from a local personal trainer. Get some accountability partners and you’ve got this!

So yes it is the holiday season, and yes temptations to sit around enjoying hot cocoa are at an all-time high. But remember working out does not need to be boring or painful. It can be an amazing time to have fun, let loose and bond with your family. Take this time to find activities that burn calories but more importantly to find activities that you enjoy.

Remember excuses will always be there, but opportunities will not.

Happy Holidays and go get your sweat on.

Written by Julie Walter. 

 

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How do you avoid working out?

As the holiday season is upon us finding the motivation to exercise can become a bit more difficult. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find any excuse to avoid a workout, especially when the alternative is slouching around the house or stuffing my face with festive holiday foods. Here are the ten excuses we may use and why, sadly, they are not particularly helpful.

1. I’m too tired

Believe it or not, exercising actually boosts our energy levels and makes us happy. So, throw that excuse out.

2. I’ll do it tomorrow

Carpe Diem! Seize the day! There is no time like the present and to expect tomorrow is to take today for granted.

3. The gym is too expensive

Who needs a gym membership when we live in Florida? There are thousands of ways to burn some calories all for FREE. Jogging, rollerblading, and riding a bike are just a few examples.

4. I don’t have time

There is always time to break a sweat. Squat while brushing your teeth? ✅. Dance around while you are vacuuming? ✅ Jump rope while waiting for the kids at their sporting event? ✅✅

5. But it’s sooo boring

Yes, walking on an uphill treadmill for 30 minutes with nothing to do but people watch is undeniably boring. But maybe the treadmill isn’t the right type of exercise for you. Try group fitness classes, online classes where you can flail about with no one to judge you, or bring a friend and chat about your day as you suffer, I mean workout, together.

6. I already walked a lot today, doesn’t that count?

I think you can answer this one yourself. And the answer, unfortunately, is a resounding no.

7. I never see any results, so what’s the point.

Sticking with a workout routine is vital. Of course, we won’t see results if we only work out once in a blue moon. So stick with it and I promise you will get the results you want. Remember it takes 4 weeks, for YOU to see your body change. It takes 8 weeks for FRIENDS AND FAMILY to notice. And it takes 12 weeks for the REST OF THE WORLD to praise all of the hard work.

8. I’m way too old for all this cardio stuff.

Nobody is too old to strive for a healthy body. If high impact workouts make getting up in the morning impossible, try some lower impact exercises like yoga, pilates, or ballet.

9. I always have the kids.

Bring them along! There is nothing better than working up a sweat as a family. You get to burn some calories and they get some of that never-ending energy out.

10. I don’t know where to start.

Starting is always the most difficult part. Google some beginner exercises, ask a friend who already works out routinely to help you out, or seek help from a local personal trainer. You’ve got this!

So yes it is the holiday season, and yes temptations to sit around enjoying hot cocoa are at an all-time high. But remember working out does not need to be boring or painful. It can be an amazing time to have fun, let loose and bond with your family. Take this time to find activities that burn calories but more importantly to find activities that you enjoy.

Remember excuses will always be there, but opportunities will not.

Happy Holidays and go get your sweat on.

Written by Julie Walter. 

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