The West Coast has awaken to 2018 and popular personal trainer Kara Stevens is ready to help locals seize the New Year’s opportunities by seeing past January’s dreary skies, shaking off last month’s holiday feasts and getting their bodies and minds moving.
Stevens is offering free fitness and yoga classes from Monday-Sunday this week as part of her annual Free Fitness Week. Class schedules can be found at www.bbkallday.com.
Stevens has been a personal trainer in Ucluelet for the past five years and has been operating Body by Kara Fitness for the past three. She opened her new exercise haven, dubbed The Studio, at 1920 Lyche Road last year and is excited to push her fellow West Coasters towards healthier lifestyles by getting fit and feeling good.
“It’s not just good for your body, it’s good for your mind too,” Stevens told the Westerly News. “Using your body and using your mind and getting all those good endorphins flowing through your body will help you feel better, especially at this time of year when it’s dark and rainy and cold…It warms you up, makes you feel good and is a stepping stone, for me, to wellness and having a well-balanced life.”
She said getting into fitness helps create healthy lifestyles.
“From sleeping better, to eating better, to what you’re doing with your life outside of just going to work everyday. Getting outside and doing stuff with your family or promoting wellness in your household and sharing that with your kids,” she said.
“Getting a good work out in is a really good stress reliever too. A lot of people end up just going home after work and watching TV or going on the computer, or we’re all stuck on our cellphones. Taking half-an-hour, or an hour, to not be on technology and not be stuck inside is really important to keep your mind and body happy and healthy.”
She said her classes are judgement-free zones where everyone is welcome, no matter what fitness level they’re starting from. She added that anyone feeling nervous about getting started should bring a friend to a class, or take in some one-on-one time with a trainer to understand where they’re at and set realistic goals.
“It’s really important to just be gentle on yourself and not worry about what’s going to happen when you get there, or how you’re going to look when you get there, but to really just focus on what you want to get out of it and not be upset if you don’t get there today, tomorrow, or in three months,” she said. “It’s just about getting out there and doing it, to start. The first step in the door is scary, but it’s a really welcoming and happy community here.”
She said her classes are a diverse mix of young moms with their babies, teens, adults and seniors and she has launched a new Forever Fit class this year to cater to the 40-plus crowd.