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Life in Transition

December 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Jasmin, who was an intern for Cooper Consulting Partners, contributed Living a Life of Alignment to our blog earlier this fall. As she wrapped up her internship and makes a transition to her next steps in her career, she shared her thoughts on change.

Change can be such an intricate process. It comes in many forms and with multiple layers.

Change can be challenging. In many presentations I’ve heard at Cooper Aerobics, we hear the experts discuss behavioral change. There are different phases in readiness to change, as well as different stages* to navigate on your own personal journey to maintaining that change.

  • Precontemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

Change can be beautiful. I’ll especially miss driving through or past the Cooper Aerobics campus and seeing the brown, orange and red leaves recently fallen from those majestic trees. Autumn has historically been my favorite season just for this simple course of nature. I find that when I’m facing a challenging change, if I take a step back and recognize the ‘little wonders,’ something as simple as nature around me, it helps me to proceed more calmly. It reminds me of the internal wellness program at Cooper Aerobics—Cooper Fit and the presentations about stress management and guided meditation. During this, Erika Bazan from Cooper Spa reminded us of how essential it was to take moments for deep breaths. Check out this video with Erika. If you seek, I think you can find beauty in every transition.

Change can be exciting. When we’re moving from one space to another—physically, mentally, or emotionally, I think the scary, challenging part is leaving the familiar. Yet, this does not negate the excitement of stepping into the unknown. I believe little surprises are often around the corners of life’s journey if we dare to turn. New experiences open our minds to be creative, drawing upon past lessons and eagerly looking towards the future.

For whatever 2014 may bring, we wish you a Happy, healthy New Year!

*Transtheoretical model of behavior change

Feel That? It’s Us Pushing You to Push Yourself!

November 6, 2013 Leave a comment

In October Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas hosts the COOPERTHON exercise challenge. From Oct. 1-31 members track their minutes of exercise. Members earn a prize if they log 900 minutes and with 1,685 minutes they are recognized as an elite participant.

Of course, having a goal, especially when you’re working towards it it with others, keeps our members motivated. And a  little personal motivation can be just what we all need to keep going. Many members and teammates noticed an particular teammate (employee) who provided encouragement and motivation as they worked to complete the COOPERTHON Challenge. Cooper Fitness Center Front Desk Associate Nadia begins her day opening the fitness center for our members at 5 a.m. Her smiling face and words of encouragement greet members at the service desk as they begin their workout. Nadia leads by example by running on  the treadmill or AMT machine for 60-80 minutes every day, except Sunday. To support her aerobic exercise, Nadia trains with weights for 20 minutes (every other day).

With Nadia’s consistent workout regime, she completed 900 minutes of exercise by Oct. 15!  She celebrated her one year anniversary with Cooper Fitness Center in July and we hope to see many more years of her inspiration.

Congratulations Nadia and the 350+ members of Cooper Fitness Center for logging 539,494 minutes of exercise during October and completing the COOPERTHON Challenge. If you want to make a healthy change consider a few lessons from COOPERTHON to push yourself—set a goal, track your exercise, tell others and find a friend or two, someone like Nadia to keep you motivated!

Learn more about a membership at Cooper Fitness Center here and schedule a tour.