T. Rita Beth

SPRA Certified Group Fitness Instructor

"I'm not here for a long time - I'm here for a good time."

I am passionate about my life, "who" I am, and I how I contribute to others' lives, as a Certified Fitness Leader.

I had always enjoyed being a fitness participant, then, at the age of 41, I started my training to teach Fitness. I was first certified through the Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance in 1994, and over the past 17 years, I have become certified in Group Fitness, Older Adult, and PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise). I also am an Accredited Teacher of T'ai Chi Chih, and Certified Teacher of Yoga.

I am vigilant to maintain my numerous certifications and I consider myself to be a student for life.

As a SPRA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, I teach classes for the "Over 40". Why am I qualified for these classes? Well, I am over 40. Well, okay, I am over 50! I love my participants! I know their names and something about each of their lives. Many of my participants have been attending my classes for years. My participants come to my classes not just to get fit - they also enjoy the socialization, music, fun, and the many stress release benefits. They feel better after class. Many of my participants are dealing with "something" - a child with special needs, an ill and aging parent, a spouse with cancer, or their own health and emotional issues. My participants come to me for motivation, encouragement, cheerleading, coaching, education, FUN, stress relief, and a safe place to be.

I am accountable to my participants and I am committed to them with dedication, enthusiasm, preparedness, variety, safety, modifications, challenges, education, amazing music and fun. I share with my participants new techniques from trainings, and I post articles on health issues, and the benefits of being active. My participants have written me thank you cards and some have stated that this is the first time that they have ever enjoyed fitness.

As a SPRA Certified Group Fitness Instructor I have many opportunities to walk my talk on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis and contribute positively to my community. I have been a member at large on the Moose Jaw in motion committee. I have presented at Provincial conferences for TOPS, the Arthritis Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Registered Psychiatric Nurses, the Mental Health & Older Adult Conference, and the Prairie South School Division Teachers Conference. I have given presentations to the local Arthritis Support Group and to a support group for the Bereaved. In addition to my regularly scheduled classes, I have also given many classes free of charge. I have taught classes at the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council for the newly arrived Immigrant Women, to the young Katimavik participants who come to work in Moose Jaw, to the YMCA summer daycampers and at one of the elementary Schools. When the Caron Community was declared in motion, I volunteered to lead the participants of all ages in music and movement.

In addition to teaching my various classes each week, I also schedule time to attend other instructors' classes. My healthy lifestyle includes regularly attending a Spin class, and two Yoga classes. I have been a participant in Hip-Hop, Belly Dance and Zumba to have FUN and to expand my comfort zone. I strive to balance my active yang Fitness activities with my mellow yin practices of Yoga and T'ai Chi Chih, and my Meditation Practice.

Here are some treasured teachings I have learned over the years:

  • Love what you do, and you will never work another day in your life.
  • Be aware of all of the areas of your life - physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual.
  • Be a good role model by taking care of yourself.
  • Set healthy boundaries. From time to time, re-evaluate and see if you are living an authentic life. Choose who and what is important to you. Use your talents! Live your best life.
  • Sometimes we need to say "Yes", and sometimes we need to say "No."
  • We DO make a difference in people's lives.
  • Who we are and how we contribute is far reaching and more valuable than we will ever know.

T. Rita Beth was awarded the SPRA Fitness Leadership Award in 2005 to recognize her contributions in motivating and encouraging others to adopt a healthy lifestyle. She regularly attends our Provincial SaskFit Conference, and the Can-Fit-Pro Conference in Toronto. Rita can be reached at fitnessinmotion@shaw.ca

Rita was raised in a military family, moving frequently, attending more than ten different schools. She has also moved more than a dozen times with her military husband, having lived in five provinces in Canada, and three other countries. Since 2000, Rita has lived in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Rita is the mother of one son and grandmother to two grandchildren. One of her mottos is: "I'm not here for a long time - I'm here for a good time."