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Fitness is strength, not punishment.

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Fitness is strength, not punishment.

“I ate cake yesterday, so today I have to work out twice today.”

“I can’t have that, I don’t want to negate my workout today.”

If you are a woman in our society, the above statements are likely something you have said, thought or had someone say to you. Unfortunately, our culture has made a habit out of calling fitness and exercise a punishment for our dietary decisions. If something tastes too good–we’re “trained” to think it’s bad, and we either punish ourselves with fitness or beat ourselves up over our decisions.

We want to see that change.

We think about fitness as strength rather than a punishment. It is an opportunity to get fit, rather than a way to negate something we have eaten. We believe our bodies were built to move, and know that the benefits of exercise go far beyond the studio walls. We embrace exercise and don’t take the opportunity to move our bodies for granted. Fitness is so much more than a calorie burner. Fitness is a feeling of gratefulness that allows us to feel empowered in our own skin. Just think about it–you lifted that weight repetitively for almost a minute and you held plank for 45 seconds–our bodies are incredible machines. So, let’s exercise to be the strong, confident, fearless women that we know we are.

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.” – Women’s Health Magazine

We celebrate all ages, fitness levels and sizes in our classes. Walk into any Pure Barre studio and you will find a room of strong, dedicated people who are there to feel good and work hard. So, if you find yourself in a fitness punishment rut, don’t keep beating yourself up, tap into your strength and do these three things:

Make fitness fun.

Work to find a fitness routine that is fun and keeps things interesting. Not only will this help you stay motivated, you’ll also produce results. And, we don’t only mean the physical ones–the emotional and mental results are just as important. Plus, you deserve fun, motivating workout!

Write it down.

Take scheduling your workouts to the next level, and follow up by writing down one thing that you are proud of in each workout. Maybe you held a plank for the full 90 seconds, gave someone else in class a compliment, or asked the teacher a question after class so that you can work deeper in the next class. Use your journal as a way to document your progress beyond the obvious.

Surround yourself with people who support you.

You are proud of your hard work because you have invested in your health, strength and mind-body connection. Keep that positive energy going by choosing to surround yourself with people who have similar goals and are also proud of their fitness. As Jim Rohm said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

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