In college, I think some would say I had an unhealthy relationship with the gym. I was OBSESSED with working out. I think I was so terrified to gain the freshman 15 and instead of gaining weight, I actually lost weight.
Fast forward almost 10 years later, and I find fitness and healthy eating a bit of a chore. They don’t call it “working out” for nothing. Now that I am “in” my thirties (as I so often like to tell people), I have found gaining and maintaining strength and balance so important. I may not have my 20 year old body, but I have a 30 year old body that I love and adore very much and want to keep it in order.
A month ago to the day, one of my friends invited me to Pure Barre. I had never heard of it. When you sign up for the class, they send you an email with an introduction video and some helpful tips. I diligently watched the video and was sure that I would be fine. I mean, I had done ballet last year (once).
I had NO IDEA what I had signed up for, especially when I was sweating within the first 10 minutes. But I left and I was hooked. I decided to sign up for a month because they had a new member sign-up special. Here is a little video they ask you to watch before you come in:
I committed to going at least 3x’s a week. There was one week that I wasn’t able to go at all because of work and travel for work but I pretty much went throughout the month and I LOVE IT.
I am so addicted to it. When my membership was up for renewal, I decided to only renew for 6 months. It is a tad bit on the pricey side, but I just feel so empowered, strong, and lean when I leave that I just had to continue. There are times when I am doing the workout that I feel like I will not make it, but I always do.
I just want to encourage YOU, my lovely readers, to find what works for you. Being active, moving, and making good decisions are all such important things. Pure Barre might not be it, but find what works for you and get moving.
Share what workouts you enjoy in the comments. I would love to hear how you are getting physical.
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