I recently came across a great article by Brynn Harrington, from her blog, Wellfesto.com, that I HAD to share. I could not agree more with her message. Funny thing is that like Brynn, I have been in workout classes and reacted in a similar way when 'encouraged' by the teacher to work hard in order to "look good on spring break." Of course, we all want to look good on spring break, who doesn't? But, in the heat of the moment, while punching out that 100th squat, or tricep dip, (or whatever) I found the comment to be more distracting than motivational. I almost wanted to stop in my tracks and scream, "I don't give a hoot what I look like, I am not doing this to look pretty for the rest of the world, I am doing this for ME!"
Granted, the instructor was well-intentioned, and I hesitate to critique any instructor since 99% of the time they are very inspirational and motivating...It's just that when I go to work out, I am doing so to feel good, to enjoy the endorphins, to punch out all the crazies I caught from my kiddos, for the sake of strength, good health, and sanity.
Likewise, I want my daughter to enjoy working out for all of the benefits SHE is to experience, not merely in pursuit of looking good for others.
Yet, enough from me already....just read Brynn's article below. She sums it up in a WAY more eloquent, multi-faceted way. Enjoy!