April 19, 2018
I set out on a journey 15 years ago. In the beginning, the path seemed long and intimidating. Now, when I look back, I realize just how far I’ve come – and that inspires me to go even further.
It all began, as most journeys do, with an epiphany. After the birth of my daughter, I decided I needed to lead a healthier lifestyle. It was not just a decision I made to feel better about myself, but to set an example for the little girl looking up to me as a role model.
I decided to start with completing a 5K run. This was 15 years ago, remember; there was no Couch to 5K website and no apps to monitor my speed or heart rate. I wrote things down, joined a gym, and hoped for the best. And as I stepped across the finish line on the day of the race, an amazing feeling came over me. Soon after having a baby I had completed a 5K … and I’d enjoyed it. Maybe, I thought, I should try a 10K.
My appetite for fitness snowballed from there. I’ve participated in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run for the last ten years. I’m now a Pilates and Zumba instructor, teaching eight to ten classes a week. I’m lucky enough to be paid to do something I love. Two things, actually. Because through this process, I also discovered the thrill of helping someone find their own motivation. I help people get out their frustrations, tune out the noise of daily life, and focus on bettering themselves.
I’m proud of my journey, and I love watching people start their own. In fact, I have some quick tips to help you get on the path to fitness.
Well-being is not just a goal, it’s a lifestyle. Begin with small steps and these tips and see where they lead you. Fifteen years ago, I might have laughed if you told me I’d be a fitness role model to many, but that’s where my path led. Go discover where yours goes.
This article was originally published on IBX Insights.
As an Account Executive, Danielle Panait assists with account management responsibilities and cultivation of account relationships, the strategic development of renewals, settlements, proposals, and reporting and analytics. She is responsible for analyzing and completing benefit documents, state mandate, filling issues, rate impacts and system capabilities for private exchange clients. Ms. Panait has over 20 years of health care experience, and received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern University.