Why, might you ask, is an owner of an exercise studio posting an article about how exercise does NOT help you lose weight? Well, I actually agree. In fact, as this article points out, as gym memberships have increased so have our waistlines. I am a part of this statistic– at least I used to be. In my 20’s I was a very driven “cardio queen” seeking a slimmer physique. I was also a good 10lbs heavier than I am now. I was working hard, sweating hard, and as a result my appetite increased and I ended up consuming more than I was working off. I also lacked an awareness about my body and how to be centered and balanced. After discovering yoga and Pilates in my early 30’s I shed pounds. Through my practice I developed a deeper awareness and appreciation for food and when I was full. Now at 37 (and two kids later) I am slimmer than I was back then–and a lot less sweaty.
barre3 was born out of this very experience and my desire to create a new way to get lean. One of our mantras is “work smarter not harder”. We are focused on all the small actions in the body that build stability, grace and a long and lean physique. But even more than what happens in the hour we spend in the studio– it is the 23 hours after that really counts. Are you standing taller, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, holding back on seconds and enjoying quality time with friends and loved ones? All this, in my humble opinion, is the magical formula to being balanced and as a result thinner.
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