As you may have gathered by now, if you’ve been following along with The Sweat Life, I was a rather active kid (read: I could barely sit still). I was lucky to have the opportunity to play pretty much every sport under the sun, as early in life as I could. One of my very favorite and first sports and activities was gymnastics. I actually attribute much of my athleticism to having done gymnastics at a very young age. In fact, if I look back at gymnastics practice, it doesn’t look all that different from a lot of the fitness classes I take today — especially class at the Bari Studio.
While gymnastics was not easy and took a lot of athletic training (I even remember doing abs at that age!), it was all just part of the fun - it never felt like work. I absolutely loved feeling the strength, agility, and speed my body was capable of, learning my own balance, flipping upside down while tumbling, and flying high on the trampoline. Just like many of my workouts now, I would leave gymnastics feeling empowered, exhilarated, exhausted, and HAPPY!
So when I tried the Bari Studio in Tribeca for the first time, it brought me right back to that place. After 60 minutes of dancing, strength training utilizing fun “toys” such as resistance bands from the ceiling, and my absolute favorite part - jumping on trampolines for a good portion of the class - I was left empowered, exhilarated, exhausted, drenched in sweat, and HAPPY!
Perhaps this is because Bari is the perfect recipe of what I find fun — or perhaps it has to do with the fact that Bari founder Alexandra Bonetti gave as much thought to the way the workout makes people feel, as the physical results (something you will hear more about from Alexandra this week). I am guessing it’s a bit of both.
With so many different boutique fitness classes and fitness methods, I promise you, there IS something out there in the fitness world that will make you, too, feel empowered, exhilarated, and HAPPY. If you focus on what works for YOU, as opposed to what is promised to be “the best,” you will not only have actual fun getting fit, you will also achieve the results you desire. This can apply to all aspects of life: food, health, job, your relationships with others, and most importantly, your relationship with yourself. It is essential to constantly challenge yourself to find what works best for YOU — and this will most likely look a bit different from what makes others happy, as we are all individuals, no?
Feeling happy is something that is actually completely in our control, and is always available to us. Too often we credit happiness — or unhappiness — on outside factors in our lives. Of course there are many things we can’t control, which is all the more reason we need to be aware of what we can control and what makes us happy. Does this mean you will be happy all day, every day? No. However, what it does mean is: If you know what makes you happy on the simplest level - even something as small as forcing a smile on a bad day - happiness is something that is always within us, you just have to make the choice to feel it and to live it.
This is what Make It Fun week is all about - making your healthy lifestyle fun, and helping you feel truly happy. Cancer survivor Vivian Teich talks about laughing her way through her ongoing health crisis; powerhouse Cyc and Brooklyn Bodyburn instructor Dara Hartman bares all on what makes her happy – and what doesn’t – about her body; Mandy Menaker shares why she finally stopped using her oven to store shoes and learned to cook; and of course; Bari founder Alexandra Bonetti tells us why she created her happy-making workout.
Until next week,
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life