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…I have tried and accomplished things that I never would have dreamed of at 56 years old…
– Nancy D.

Nancy Dacy, iGnite participant since 2010

By Nancy D., iGnite participant since 2010

“At the encouragement of a friend, I stepped out of my comfort zone and attended my first iGnite class in August 2010. It was a cross training class that Neissa was teaching at Barton Springs. The only familiar thing to me that morning were several people that I knew who immediately embraced me and made me feel welcomed and less self-conscious. I have lived in Austin since 1975 and had never stuck my toe in Barton Springs. It was invigorating, to say the least. It was a great morning, and to be completely honest, every inch of me hurt the next day. But, it was the greatest feeling that I had really accomplished something and I could not wait to go back.

To look back at all I have done since I joined iGnite is amazing. I have attended classes at Rollingwood Park, Mt. Bonnell, Butler Park, Pease Park, Northshore Overlook, and the Austin High track. I have gone swimming at the JCAA and danced at Champions Westlake. I have experienced a variety of cardio classes, yoga classes and strength training classes all outside, whether it is 32 degrees or over 100 degrees. Not only have I gone Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on Town Lake for the first time, I have done it with a Hula Hoop (don’t ask the end result). I have been water skiing and bike riding. I have attended lunches and dinners as well as parties. I have attended, and even participated in, Whole Body Health talks and learned so much.

The icing on the cake was a Monarch Escape with 16 women to Oyster Bay, New York. We exercised, ran the streets of Long Island, played in the ocean, had a sailboat excursion, ate healthy meals, drank green smoothies and just relaxed and enjoyed girl time with some amazing, like-minded women.

iGnite is so much more than just an exercise program. It provides an environment to step out and explore new opportunities, try things you have never done before, and embrace life as a whole. I have tried and accomplished things that I never would have dreamed of at 56 years old. iGnite encourages a zest for life and makes us all better people by feeding our bodies, minds and spirits. It has truly iGnited my life in so many ways!”

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Grow Inside by Getting Outside

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Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
-Pedro Calderon de la Barca

As spring moves in (the first official day is tomorrow!) and brings with it longer days and better weather, lift your spirit by getting outside! A study in Evolutionary Psychology reveals that different natural settings bring about specific emotions in us. So depending on how you’re feeling this spring, head to one of these Austin-area spots to put a smile on your face!

When you need to unwind and relax…
Head down to Lady Bird Lake, Lake Travis, Lake Austin or even a pond or fountain near you and enjoy the H2O. “Water’s aesthetic qualities, such as its rhythmic movement, may induce a calming effect on our psyche,” says study author Joe Hinds, Ph.D.

Water helps us unwind & relax

Water helps us unwind & relax.

When you need to find clarity or do some deep thinking…
Go for a wander in the Barton Creek Greenbelt or another woodsy area. “When we’re isolated from the everyday hustle and bustle, we’re forced to turn inward and connect to ourselves in a deeper and more focused way,” says Hinds.

When you’re feeling lonely and isolated…
Make a trip over to Zilker Park, Pease Park, Rollingwood Park, Bee Caves Central Park or your closest neighborhood park. “Designed to be gathering places, parks give us a sense of togetherness,” Hinds explains. Who of us isn’t perked up by a renewed sense of community?  That’s it! Your go-to plan for the days when you need a pick-me-up. Thank goodness we live in a city with endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors!

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      • Brandi Carlisle’s “Have You Ever Wandered Lonely Through the Woods?”

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  • Louis Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

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Click on the Image above to link to Louis Schwartzenberg’s Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. Ted Talk.