IDEA inspires you so you can inspire others.
There are about 40 days left before the 2004 IDEA World Fitness Convention® opens shop in San Diego. By now you’ve probably made your travel arrangements and signed up for the sessions you want. You’re primed for another year of unparalleled learning, networking and fun.
And you deserve it! Every day, you make a profound difference in the lives of others. You spend your days being an inspiration and guiding light—your busy schedule reflects your giving nature. While you love helping others discover the pathway to wellness, it’s too easy to lose your own sense of balance.
For these reasons, IDEA has expanded its “Just for You” programming track. This track offers sessions to revive your spirit and help you manage your personal and professional life. After all, you can’t Inspire the World to Fitness™ unless you feel inspired yourself.
When planning World this year, Aprile Peishel, MA, IDEA’s event programming director, said she wanted to offer IDEA members at least a few sessions that redirected the focus from others to themselves. “Fitness professionals spend so much time caring for their students, clients and families,” she says. “With their hectic schedules they rarely have time to do something for themselves, or something that is ‘just for fun.’ We thought it might be a nice change of pace to offer some sessions that allowed attendees to focus on themselves for a change . . . even if it is just for an hour or two.”
“Just for You” sessions cover topics ranging from nutrition to personal and professional enrichment. All subject matter is designed to give you much-needed breathing room where you can relax and learn ways to nurture yourself. “Meditation Walk,” for example, teaches how to combine walking techniques and breathing exercises with mindful meditation cues.
“This is a great self-care session,” says presenter Shirley Archer, JD, MA. “Fitness pros work in a ‘high-touch’ business where they provide customer service not only to clients and members but also to managers, directors and other staff members. The only way to avoid burnout is to learn how to refill the well.
“Meditation walking not only gets you out in nature, which in itself restores perspective; it also allows you to enjoy gentle movement and get back in touch with your inner voice and passion. There’s something very soothing and centering in focusing on simply taking one step after another.”
“Pathway to Self-Acceptance,” presented by 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Keli Roberts, touches on a topic that many fitness professionals wrestle with on a daily basis. “There’s a lot of unspoken pressure for fitness professionals to conform to a ‘perfect’ body,” Roberts says. “Eating disorders and distorted body images are ever present.” This session offers practical advice on how to develop unconditional self-acceptance. The positive end result will trickle down to students and clients.
In the professional-growth department, “Bringing a New Product to Market,” presented by Chalene Johnson and Aileen Sheron, outlines the necessary steps to get your brilliant ideas out in the open. This session offers a space where you can focus on building your career and business, something you rarely have time to do while juggling your regular schedule. “If you have a great idea for a new product or service, but you’re not sure how to bring it to market, this is the perfect session,” Sheron says. “It will inspire you and give you the tools you need to take the plunge and go for it!”
Joy Keller is a senior editor of IDEA Fitness Journal.