Teresa M. Gleason
I've always been an active kid and never felt like I had to worry too much about nutrition or exercise. We all know health is important yet a lot of us take it for granted, and who can blame us? Life is so busy sometimes the last thing we think about is ourselves - until we are faced with something serious. When a disease took down the strongest man in the world, my dad, I started to take health a little more seriously.
"Strong Like Bull" or in Polish, "Silny Jak Byk" was the famous quote that my dad, John G. Lyp, would often say. "I'M STRONG LIKE BULL!!" he would shout in his grunting, yet silly voice as he picked me up with one arm! July 4, 2008 would be the last time I heard that distinguished voice, the last time I'd be picked up with one arm, the last time my dad would hug me so hard I could barely breathe… My dad passed away on July 4, 2008 from a battle with cancer. I hate to think that cancer was actually stronger than bull... and the truth is, it's not. My dad lives on within the beautiful family he created, through the hundreds of lives he touched with his compassionate nature, through his amazing acts of kindness he displayed to complete strangers, and through that smile that people will never forget. The saying "Strong Like Bull" has now become my way of making sure my dad's spirit lives on though my work and attitude. Cancer can't touch that!
To me, being "Strong Like Bull" means you're committed to being healthy physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Of course life throws us curveballs but if you're strong like bull you'll be able to knock those curveballs out of the park. Also, we can't forget about having fun and enjoying life. "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Keeping life balanced between hard work and fun is what John G. Lyp did best - which led to the creation of Happy Hour Fitness.
Happy Hour Fitness LLC was created to promote the importance of the social and mental benefits of exercise in addition to the physical. Each group fitness class includes elements to benefit this health triangle.
The amazing benefits exercise has on the body and mind is often overlooked since it can be perceived as too hard, a punishment, inconvenient, not fun, etc. Many people only exercise to lose weight or to punish themselves for something they ate. That is no way to live - believe me, I've been there. Happy Hour Fitness aims to provide a blast of endorphins in an outdoor, social setting. You'll be amazed at the results when you allow exercise to be fun. Those weight, strength, and other fitness goals come so much easier (or you realize they weren't that realistic/important in the first place!) You are only one workout away from a good mood!
Exercise should be thought of as something enjoyable to do, not work and not as a punishment for something you ate. When people say, "I hate exercise," or "I'm so bad, I joined a gym and never go," or "I ate so badly I HAVE to exercise" it sounds like movement is a chore. My answer is that they just have to EXERCISE OUTSIDE THE BOX. I've been down the road of joining a gym and never going. The machines are intimidating and I always felt like people were watching me. It didn't occur to me that there are other ways to exercise! Get outside - move, stretch, bend, lift, breathe, push, pull, twist, laugh... Now THAT sounds like something I can stick to.
Soooo now for MY introduction! My name is Teresa (Lyp) Gleason, owner of Happy Hour Fitness. But you can call me Terry :) Sports and just being generally active was always a part of my life but over the last couple years, especially after college when physical activity wasn't a part of my routine anymore, I realized how much it had actually played a positive and essential role. This is why I have decided to dedicate my profession to teaching others the benefits of health and wellness. I am a NJ certified K-12 Physical Education and Health Teacher and hold the following certifications:
These days I live in Westfield, NJ with my wonderful husband Mike and two pitbulls, Bluebelle and Mayday. Although life is challenging and confusing sometimes, keeping my body, mind, and relationships healthy allows me to get through and overcome.
I hope you will allow me to help you start EXERCISING OUTSIDE THE BOX.