By Alex Booy
This summer, I had the opportunity to work for Lifestyles Health & Fitness Studio through a SEED government grant. The Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) program provides funding to create summer job opportunities for post-secondary students. I am studying Psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Although, Lifestyles is not so much directed towards the field of Psychology, I believe there is a strong correlation between one’s fitness and one’s mental health. As a lover of fitness and healthy living myself, I was thrilled to accept this position for the summer. However, prior to starting, I was unsure about how I was going to fit in at this facility as any new employee would be. I had been a member at Lifestyles’ old location on William Bell Drive throughout my High School years. The permanent full-time staff seemed to run like a well-oiled machine from what I could see when I had been a member.
Upon my first shift during late May, I was so pleasantly welcomed into the Lifestyles family! The Team of Staff made me feel appreciated and valued as I began my position along their side. Each staff member patiently took me under their wing and shared as much of their accumulated knowledge with me as they could. Jen, the Owner of the facility, has been an amazing employer. It is evident that she genuinely cares about her staff as people, rather than just simply employees. Not only the wonderful staff, but the regular members have contributed to my great experience here at Lifestyles for the summer months. Whether it was a smile, a wave, or making a point to remember my name, it has all had an impact. The members made me feel so comfortable and made coming into work every day so enjoyable. I will miss seeing all the familiar faces every day when I return to University in the Fall.
Having had the opportunity to work within the Lifestyles family has shown me how truly vital our Studio is to all ages of our community. The business started as a group fitness studio and has flourished to offer many, various benefits for the citizens of Hampton and surrounding areas. Members can enjoy all Lifestyles has to offer, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle in all aspects such as physically, mentally, and socially. I am so thankful I was able to become a part of this family and make a difference in any way I possibly could. I am hoping I can return next summer and continue the pleasure of working for a business such as Lifestyles!