For Natalie Dixon, working at Marsh’s Edge senior living community on St. Simons Island is more than teaching fitness classes. Her goal is to be the wellness component that helps seniors live a longer, healthier and happier lives. As the community’s Wellness Director and veteran of the fitness industry, Natalie brings her knowledge and encouragement to members at Marsh’s Edge each day.
Natalie’s interest in fitness began in the early 1980s when her husband at the time was in the Air Force. They moved to England, and while on the Air Force base, she began to participate in a fitness dance class, “It was before Zumba, it was before dance fitness classes existed, before certifications existed!” Natalie enjoyed the classes and wanted to learn how to teach them, so when she relocated to Cheyenne, Wyoming, she became an instructor at Nautilus Fitness Center, landing her first role teaching dance fitness classes. Noticing the need for regulation and certification to prevent injuries, she was one of the earliest instructors to go through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certification process.