Often it takes a nudge from those close to you to make a healthy change in your life, be it a physical, mental, or spiritual goal.
Sometimes there is nobody to fill that role, so the best motivator is to surround yourself with like-minded individuals.
Here are a few groups to help you kick-start your journey.
Movers For Life
Winston Sobers is one of the founding members of the non-profit organization Movers for Life, which officially began in 2016.
What started out as a few people who provided each other with motivation in their weight loss goals has grown to more than 300 people, who meet in nine locations throughout Grand Cayman to connect, network and get fit.
Winston says that those who require motivation receive support in achieving their healthy goals are linked up with highly motivated and inspirational people at “connection points” throughout the various districts.
“There are gyms, personal trainers, outdoor parks, etc., but some people still struggle to get motivated,” he says, adding that when paired with people who are consistently living and breathing their passion for health and fitness, it provides the impetus to get moving.
Wednesday Night Running Club
Originally set up by a group of recreational runners, it is now jointly run by Tony Watts and Nicola Freeth. The club meets ever Wednesday outside World Gym at 6 p.m. rain or shine (just look for the orange vests).
Each week members will decide on a 3-mile (5 km. “short” route and a 5-mile (8 km) “long” route. For variety, Nicola says they try to change it up every week and switch between eight different routes; an average of 30 runners participate each week but the community consists of almost a hundred active runners.
From walkers to experienced marathon runners, the club is open to all abilities and everyone is welcome to join — the more seasoned runners encourage and support those just starting out.
Since the instructors come from different yoga backgrounds, the Beach Yogis get to try out different styles of yoga each time, although all classes do incorporate traditional Pranayama (breath control and breath work).
The instructors get to give back to and connect with the Cayman community and develop, evolve and improve on their teaching skills. At the same time, class participants stretch, connect with their bodies and minds, and the outdoor environment, as well as learn to relax and meditate.
Join the Beach Yogis Facebook page to take part in discussions and stay up to date on upcoming classes.
Many yoga studios and instructors also offer “kurma” yoga classes from time to time — a “pay what you can” philosophy that supports a local charity or cause seeking funding.
Lisa Bortolotto of Kurma Yoga does just that with her charity yoga community class, which takes place outdoors at the Dart Family Park clubhouse on Mondays from 8:45 to 10 a.m.
All proceeds from her donation-based class go to the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.