If you work out at Elevate, you know John Boyden…he’s tall and has a smile that’s a mile wide, especially when he’s trying to coerce a class participant into doing one more round of P90X.
John’s enthusiasm and energy are infectious, and the way he hits a workout, you’d think he’s been doing it for years. It’s only within the last five years, however, that John has become a gym regular.
Q: What motivated you to step back into the gym after a few years away, and what was the hardest thing about resuming regular exercise?
A: I worked out for many years, then life got in the way and I got out of the habit. Dedicating the time to begin exercising again was tough initially, but now I’m in the groove, and I love the way I feel.
Q: What are the biggest changes you’ve experienced since starting to exercise regularly?
A: Physically, I’ve been able to shed some unwanted weight, I have more energy, and I have fewer aches and pains. Mentally, I feel better about myself. I used to do my own workouts, so group exercise was something new for me, but when I started working out regularly, I found that I really enjoyed working out with other people. It’s fun and you push yourself more than you do when you’re alone. Elevate is also great because it’s really a ‘no judgement zone’ — everyone is supportive and encouraging.
Q: Getting back to a regular personal exercise routine is one thing, and clearly the benefits accrue, but what motivated you to start teaching?
A: I’m a teacher by nature. As a chiropractor, I teach my patients about health and wellness, so leading exercise classes wasn’t that much of a stretch for me. Several of the other instructors at Elevate also encouraged me to teach, and I thought, ‘I’m going to exercise anyway – why not help others at the same time?’
Q: As you mentioned, as a chiropractor, you’re seeing patients every day. Now that you’ve experienced the benefits of consistent exercise, do you find yourself urging patients to become more active?
A: Yes! Now that I’m working out regularly, I have the ammunition to suggest regular exercise to my patients. I am constantly telling people that if they want to address their ailments long-term, they need to strengthen their bodies. A strong core, for example, is a powerful deterrent to back and hip pain.
I do my best to educate and motivate every patient. I often point out to them that I couldn’t do my job every day if I didn’t stay in shape. Because of the type of work I do, I begin to experience pain in my back, shoulders, and wrists over time if I did not maintain my muscle tone and strength.
Q: What’s the most common complaint you see in your office?
A: Among my middle-aged patients, deconditioning issues are very common, particularly those related to a weak core. When your core is weak, you’re going to experience problems with your back, knees, and hips.
Among young patients, I see a lot of upper back and neck issues. I’m seeing a lot of ‘text neck’ these days – pain and stiffness brought on by texting and other time spent on smart phones.
Q: Could exercise help people to avoid these problems and improve their health?
A: Yes — virtually every system in the body benefits from regular exercise: nervous, skeletal, muscular, reproductive, digestive. Exercise is a wonderful gift to give yourself