How does a pro athlete become a recreation planner and a health promoter, then an aerobic instructor? It’s straightforward, we would think. But

the dangers of an athlete’s lifestyle, the will to care for others, and the love for people might also help decide against pursuing lifelong competition, and choose community-building group courses – as a coach, no less. This happened to the author of our article, too, who will now tell us why she chose this profession. Written by Ildikó Szántó.

“Between the age of 6 and 10 there is one round consisting of a show-like freestyle dance performance that combines elements of gymnastics, aerobics, and rhythmic gymnastics proportionally. Here, the main goal is to present happy children with a fit and healthy lifestyle.”

Career from the beginning

“California Fitness, who have been supporting adult fitness competitions from the beginning, came up with the idea of kids fitness competitions first in Hungary. They had two goals in mind: first, to educate the youth about proper lifestyle, eating healthy, and regular exercise, second, to ensure reinforcements for adult competitions.”

I’ve gathered numerous positive and negative experiences in competitive sports over the course of my life as I’ve been pursuing competitive fitness and dance for 20 years. I adored group trainings, I love and respect my former coach to this very day. I took part in performances and competitions with pleasure. I’m still nuts about beautiful costumes, phantastic choreography and music. Sport instilled great willpower, perseverance and confident presence in me. As a kindergartner, my parents tell, I didn’t like being in company and I wouldn’t stand before my peers to perform any kind of task. Thanks to fitness (which I started at the age of 6 and a half), however, my personality changed radically, I really love being among people, I love performing, and I connect easily.

Competitive sports have their drawbacks, too, especially in subjective artistic sports, but these problems pop up everywhere else, too. An enormous psychological burden, for example, is the unfair judgement of children, which I experienced countless times. This didn’t keep me from competition because I loved this sport so much. What left a deep impression on me was the pre-race diet that young girls start already in their teens and which can easily get harmful to the body and the psyche. I’d like to support this claim with my own example.

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Consequences

“Between ages 11 and 14 the Fit-Kid competition consists of two rounds. Along their freestyle etude, contenders also exhibit their graceful walk and facundity to the audience.”

I was 16 when I first needed strict pre-race diet for one and a half months. I barely had any excess fat on me even before that, but I lost even more weight due to the special diet. I must add that after returning to my normal diet after a competition my appetite grew greatly due the “quality starvation”, and I ended up gaining back twice the amount. This went on before and after every competition. My hormone system got confused, my nails cracked, I developed cellulite, and I also fell victim to the so-called “yoyo-effect”. Outside of competition periods I couldn’t moderate myself, I ate until I had no more food before me since my brain always thought I must eat now as I might not have a chance to do so for some time. Fortunately, this problem disappeared, but my tendency to gain weight remains to this day.

“In the junior age group, between 15 and 17, competitors are challenged in all three rounds, and the definition of sport-built muscles is also checked by the judges.”

This is why I’m terribly anti-diet. I recommend everyone not to withdraw things but learn moderation. If the body misses something, sooner or later it will crave it more and more. Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, there’s no physical health without a balance of mind, and torturing ourselves has no part in that. When looking to go on a diet, do it in a way you can keep up during your whole life without suffering. People with health problems who really must adhere to special diets are the exception, of course.

The present

These facts resulted in my heart being ultimately drawn towards leisure sports, which is more beneficial to maintaining and improving health. I’d like to convey the multi-faceted happiness inherent in this to all my present and future guests.

My motto:

Put your heart in living every moment, and make your life complete with the joy of exercise! Moving is a source of joy in itself, not just a path toward an external goal.

Original article here.

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Translation by Ádám Hittaller.

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