This wasn't written about me (so far as I know). But as someone who's received a lot of this type of workout "encouragement" over the years, I have a response anyway.
you are the advice columnist
I'm torn between thinking "if she likes me now because I look good, what if that's all that really makes her want to be more than friends?" and "I worked damn hard to get in shape! Isn't this one of the reasons why?"
People come to a group fitness class so that someone else will force them to make an effort. As it turns out, the quickest and laziest route to that is food-shaming (which I refused to do).
"Gymtimidation" may be the most irritating buzzword I can think of, but the phenomenon is real.
No matter how many times my best friend or girlfriend or aunts say they'd like to be more active or lose weight or start exercising again, I know that putting an ab cruncher under the tree is going to earn me some looks.
body acceptance
I'm not a tomboy and martial arts don't belong to the boys of the world. I am myself and I am a woman and these are the things I like to do, which makes them, in the context of my own life, mine and utterly mine.

Dec 10, 2013 at 12:00pm | 83 comments

fitness trackers
Does it really matter if your fitness tracker over-counts your steps during a given day?
If you’ve ever had your ugly-runner’s-face documented, you understand my plight.

Oct 28, 2013 at 9:00am | 66 comments

The hardcore workout venue is now offering classes for children. Some experts say it helps fight obesity and promotes healthy habits, but others think it's ridiculous.
I know this is temporary. But here's what I'm doing to help my brain in the meantime.
See, I love spinning. But my vagina? Hates it.

Aug 7, 2013 at 6:00pm | 129 comments

It didn’t take long for me to adapt to life on the trail. I loved hiking up mountains, building fires, and meeting new people every day. I didn’t totally mind having dirt smeared on my face, or only getting to shower about once a week.
In a time when everyone seems to be doing things ironically to avoid embarrassment, I’m happy to say that I completely and genuinely love going to Jazzercise classes as my chosen form of exercise.

Jun 27, 2013 at 4:00pm | 75 comments

I used to laugh at people huffing and puffing away on machines until the day I realised I was one of them.

Jun 18, 2013 at 6:00pm | 414 comments

About 80% of the breakups I’ve initiated were related to how this relationship really gets in the way of my exercise schedule.
Prior to this year, it was considered one of my "healthier" bad habits. Now I know it needs to stop.
He wanted me to admit to him that yes, in fact, my weight did bother me. He wanted to hear my say it, to hear the word “fat” come out of my lips.
Your boss wants you to "voluntarily" let him know how much you are working out. I want him to "voluntarily" punch himself in the nards.

Apr 23, 2013 at 12:30pm | 132 comments

You’ll need a chair and your floor and probably nothing else at all, including determination.

Mar 4, 2013 at 2:00pm | 49 comments