Many of the staff and instructors at BHC recently attended a routine CPR training together. The first thing the trainer taught us to do was to breathe, and say out loud, 'I can do this'. Then we proceeded to learn, through repetition, the steps to saving another person's life with CPR. Repeating the steps over and over creates muscle and cellular memory. Our bodies respond to reinforcement, good and bad.
We have scheduled many of our classes so you can find an exercise routine to positively influence your body as well as your lifestyle. Let's face it, hitting the gym three times a week is going to have better impact on your body (and wallet!) than hitting happy hour three times a week. I'm all for happy hour, but when it comes to positive reinforcement the gym is going to win every time.
As far as repetition goes, the more we repeat a pattern the better we are able to access that information in times of stress. That's why our CPR instructor Dave had us repeat the steps to take over and over again, and encouraged us to have meetings to practice so that if such an event occurred we'd be able to respond rather than react. On a similar note, we are bringing Joanne Factor back for another Self Defense workshop on June 23 at 11:30am. She will be teaching the steps to Self Defense, a pattern of behavior and actions that could save your life.
So whatever the patterns are that you'd like to create in your life, we've got your back. Whether it is the daily routine, or the annual training, remind yourself to take a breath, say ' I can do this,' and then show up.
I'll see you in class!
BHC Class Director