Weekly Link Roundup: Comfort or Beauty? And How Can You Be Active and Social?


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

The theme of this week has been moderation, or lack thereof. Over-the-top restaurant food, fashion trends that harm your health and overindulging while out on the town. I think we could all benefit from more moderation in at least one aspect of our lives. (Are you with me on that? Anyone else working on moderation?)

We rounded up links that caught our attention and, in some cases, had us scratching our heads this week. Read on to find out what we read on the web this week.

5 Closet Items That Could Cause You Pain
"Subscribing to the no pain, no gain camp of fitness is just fine in my book. But fashion agony? That's just unproductive. I'm all for looking cute, but not at the cost of extreme discomfort. Save the pain for the gym and avoid fashion-related maladies by rethinking these five items in your closet."
From FitSugar

20 Ways to Eat Healthier
"Remember when you were a kid and eating was as simple as "Open, chew, enjoy"? You didn't count the grams of fiber and fat in your PB&J. You munched when you were hungry, stopped when you were full and ran off to play with your Cabbage Patch Kids. But choosing a meal as a health-minded adult can be as complicated and joyless as a calculus final. Enough! Here are 20 commonsense rules that make eating right as easy as pie for you and your inner 8-year-old."

It's Time for the Rides of My Life
"I guess the sight was pretty strange: a 38-year-old in mismatched workout gear, trying to place her feet onto the pedals of a bicycle, wobbling crazily, stopping, getting off the bike, and then getting back on and starting again. But I had made a commitment, and I wasn't backing out even if the training-wheels set at the Palisades Recreation Center park didn't approve."
From the Washington Post

Why Restaurants Make You Fat
"Restaurant Syndrome: 1. Eat out. 2. Eat too much. 3. Feel bad. 4. Repeat. The Daily Beast’s Susan B. Roberts on why you do it—and five ways to minimize the damage."
From the Daily Beast

Striking a Pose for Girth
"ON a recent Thursday evening at the Bon Vivant Diner in Lower Manhattan, three round-bodied women sat at a booth, gabbing happily about warrior poses and downward-facing dogs, when they were interrupted by a heavyset woman in the adjacent booth.
“Excuse me, are you talking about a yoga class?” she asked."

From the New York Times

Active Amour
"Whether you’re married, dating or living up the single life, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of having your social life revolve around food and drink. You go out with co-workers for happy hour. You meet friends for coffee. You’re constantly out with your love for dinners on the town. It’s easy to see how it happens: Everyone has to eat, so why not do it together? But believe it or not, there are ways to keep your social life active while burning calories, rather than consuming them. So if you’re tired of the standard dinner and movie night—and want to avoid the high-cal movie theater temptations—here are some ideas for date nights that will get you moving."
From Fit Bottomed Girls

So what do you think? Should we have separate classes for overweight gym-goers and yogis? Is there anything you learned to do late in life--riding a bike, swimming, sky-diving? Do you sacrifice comfort for beauty?

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  • 50
    I have great yoga instructors who really take care to notice the unique needs of every body. Even the lithe ones need pointers and have issues around some of the poses and around confidence and self esteem. Their philosophy is really focussed on helping everyone attune to their bodies and to use whatever props are needed to get the most from a pose.
    I have visited a number of yoga studios in my travels with work and have felt welcomed by all instructors with that same attitude. However in the big city classes, I've heard that the numbers attending make it more clinical and maybe less welcoming - you either know the poses and can keep up or you don't. Not sure if that is always the case.............
    So is it separate classes we need to shop for or just finding instructors and studios that focus on individual students in a healthy and respectful way? I know some women don't like to go to classes with men and vice versa either....so maybe each of us needs to do what is right for us. That is the yogic principle after all!! - 1/29/2015   10:26:50 PM
  • 49
    I like the separate yoga available for those who do not feel comfortable going to traditional yoga. I know at my current size I do not feel comfortable going to the gym or classes. Good for those who do feel comfortable, but others may not have that comfort level. - 4/8/2010   6:29:37 AM
  • 48
    I don't think that there should be seperate classes based on your weight. If you feel uncomfortable around a fit person just because you are overweight, then I would say that you need to give that fit person a chance, not everyone judges people based on their weight. Or maybe it is an issue with yourself and the person needs to work on accepting who they are.
    I go to ballet and I am the fattest person in the room, no one judges me nor do they every say anything negative around me. I feel comfortable around everyone because I know that we are all there for the same reasons and it isn't to judge other people. Ballet is something I've always wanted to do and I recently started a few months ago, you just have to put your size to the side and do what you want!
    - 10/26/2009   11:10:15 AM
  • 47
    Stilettos, thong, and skinny leather jeans! Ha. Not even when I was young enough and thin enough to (maybe) pull it off.

    Eat real food in sensible amounts. Check.

    One of the funniest things I've seen is that episode of "Frasier" where Daphne teaches the brothers to ride a bike.

    Try not to eat out so often. I prefer to go out for lunch, where the portions are smaller and cheaper, and leftovers make a nice snack.

    I like the idea of Buddha Body yoga. Don't care for yoga, myself, but would love a Buddha Body Pilates class! I can't understand where these fitness experts get the idea that I can lift my round torso into a side plank. Really!

    I would love to be able to do "active dating" with my husband. He needs to get his back trouble fixed so we can go dancing and hiking and canoeing like we used to. - 6/9/2009   1:00:34 PM
  • 46
    You can avoid panty lines without thongs. Buying panties of the correct size should prevent the problem. Usually lines are from too small panties. - 6/8/2009   2:19:39 PM
  • 45
    One of my three daughters loves skinny jeans. I think that only very naturally skinny girls look good in those jeans. On anyone else, they produce a Muffin Top and make thighs look huge. I think they are one of the least-flattering clothing item out there today.

    I don't wear stilettos or thongs or flip-flops (though I will wear flip-flops at the gym in the shower). Comfort is Number One with me! I like to put on my clothes and not worry about tugging or pulling or straightening for the rest of the day.

    I liked reading all these articles. Thanks! - 6/8/2009   11:37:47 AM
  • 44
    I am all for comfort. None of those 5 things mentioned do I even own. I can not stand thongs - just the idea of a self-induced wedgie - yuck. I don't carry a purse. I have a small planner with my essentials - drivers license, money, credit cards and that is it. I never wear stilletos - I have enough ankle problems with sneakers on. On a rare occasion I wear small heels. And I don't own a pair of flip-flops either. And all my jeans are comfortable - not tight. I have never been one to care about fashion. If I am not comfortable I will not wear it. Period - 6/8/2009   8:02:21 AM
  • 43
    Am I the only woman in America who doesn't where dental floss (aka thongs)?
    Like the article about yoga. Nice to wear awareness to the fitness industry about students' limitation. - 6/8/2009   1:36:21 AM
  • 42
    This is quite an interesting article. First off, I would like to say, I am all for comfort! You can be beautiful and comfortable at the same time. Thongs, Stillettos, if only young women could understand what they are doing for what they believe to beauty. The back pain from heavy purses catches up with you in your later years, rather you think it will or not.

    Yoga for plus size people is a GREAT IDEA! I have three beautiful daughters, all plus sizes. My eldest especially works out at a gym, but often feels out of place among younger slimmer women. It is so much better to have people around you in the same situation as yourself. It is motivational. You can't understand what it is like til you have walked a mile in that persons shoes.

    - 6/8/2009   1:18:32 AM
  • 41
    I would really love it if Sparks had some videos for the truly overweight. It makes sense, to not just say - you can do x,y,z, but have a level of the class that is really designed for very obese... I'm so jealous.
    I know I should start doing yoga now... having lost 100, I'm much more flexible. But the classes where I just couldn't do any thing kind of burned me out.
    Thanks for these links. Nice! - 6/7/2009   10:32:59 PM
  • 40
    Comfort over beauty? Only if you think that heavily loaded handbags & stiletto heels & super-tight jeans are the only ways to be beautiful! You don't have to choose. I say comfort AND beauty! - 6/7/2009   10:03:51 PM
  • 39
    I'm definitely not guilty of sacrificing comfort for beauty. I don't wear tight pants or high heels. I sometimes carry a small purse. Sometimes I just stuff it into my rolling briefcase. I have taken up biking in the last few months. I had learned to ride when I was a kid, so I wasn't exactly starting from scratch. Still, it took a little getting used to. I now have all the toys and accessories: the bike computer, the light set, a basket, the shorts, the "chamois butt'er," and even the gloves, not to mention the spare inner tube, pump, and pocket tool kit. It all helps. Today I biked 42 miles. I have also taken up running. I had done that before too, but not since I was in college (I just missed my 30th reunion). In a couple of weeks, I am going to run my first 5K. I don't feel the need for special classes catering to my age or weight, but if that works better for some people, I'm all for it. I think the hardest part of any lifestyle change is the first step,
    so I'm all for anything that helps people get going -- like Sparkpeople! - 6/7/2009   9:55:47 PM
  • 38
    I think it's nice that there is an option for overweight people who are uncomfortable around the "Barbies" that often attend these classes. On the other hand, I don't think anyone should be excluded from going to any class they choose simply based on their weight.

    I guess that's kind of a double standard, looked at from the overweight person's point of view. But then again, I think the folks in the "bigger people" class would usually be open to a thinner person joining if they so chose.

    The important thing is to get out there and MOVE! Wherever/however/with whomever you are comfortable! - 6/7/2009   5:41:45 PM
    I go to Curves and I am one of the youngest members. It is a great environment and the trainers are really supportive. They definitely call you if you haven't shown up in a while. That really helps as motivation when you know someone is looking for you. - 6/7/2009   4:41:38 PM
  • 36
    No separate classes, everyone should be equal in fittness classes. Yes there should be beginner, intermediate etc classes, but even skinny people are not always fit. I prefer comfort over beauty. I guess at my age comfort is more normal, but I was never a slave to fashion and beauty trends. I eat what I like and want but do eat less of the so called "bad" stuff. - 6/7/2009   4:33:31 PM
  • 35
    Actually, it is the slim people with the problem--they should be supporting and cheering on the overweight as they strive to get in shape---but most are too fickle to do that. I prefer going to Curves where there are all shapes and we support each other.
    I really liked the article on Active Armor---had some great ideas of fun activities to do with friends besides going out to eat---and since I have a Spark friend coming to visit me for 3 weeks, we are planning lots of activities that will keep us moving---and yes, we will splurge on foods---she has to try some specialties here on the Eastern Shore of MD---but we intend to walk most of them off. - 6/7/2009   4:09:15 PM
  • 34
    Should we have separate classes for overweight gym-goers and yogis? If that's what the people prefer! I mean, it is really up to the individual whether they want to attend a class with a wide range of sizes or if they want one that is more tailored to who we are as people. People can either be offended by it, or rejoice that they will get a more personal experience.

    Is there anything you learned to do late in life--riding a bike, swimming, sky-diving? I don't think so... I've never sky-dived. But then I don't really see that as an essential thing I must learn. Although I would like to learn a second language. The one I learned in high school is completely gone, and I didn't know it that well in the first place. But I would love to be bilingual.

    Do you sacrifice comfort for beauty? Personally I think flip flops are the most comfortable thing in the world. I wear the kind that mold to your feet. They aren't perfect, but they are certainly better than the plastic ones! And they don't hurt my feet. The other things I don't wear. I'm much more about my comfort! =)
    - 6/7/2009   12:33:00 PM
    I don't sacrifice comfort for beauty. I wear what is comfortable - shorts and sleeveless shirts. My workouts are high intensity, and I always sweat a lot. I don't think that classes for overweight gym attendees would be well attended at my gym, but hopefully everyone is comfortable in the classes. Many of the instructors are people who are not overly thin but are themselves in good shape, very good at teaching, and accepting of everyone who comes to the classes. I - 6/7/2009   12:17:40 PM
  • 32
    As someone who is skinny but not in shape, it makes me sad to think that people wouldn't feel welcome if they came into a class where everyone had a perfect BMI. I used to be a member of my local Y and I liked it there because it wasn't full of gym bunnies and jocks. There was a range of women of all shapes and sizes in my Pilates class and sometimes an older retiree was the woman who lasted through the most demanding exercises, not some college-aged kid. Those were the women who kept me motivated: if they could do it, so could I. A welcoming atmosphere helps everyone and ultimately means that everyone there will be in the best shape they can be. - 6/7/2009   10:07:59 AM
  • 31
    I have almost all of those clothes in my closet, with the exception of the 5 inch stilettos and the skinny jeans. I think the problem with the purse is what I put in it. I have had sore shoulders from lugging the kitchen sink in there. I think that if bigger people feel more comfortable in a yoga class that's geared to them, then it should be available. If you're already self-conscious about your weight, who wants an instructor bringing attention to how you need to modify for a big belly in front of a whole class of skinny people? Is shame and embarrassment really that motivating? It isn't for me. - 6/7/2009   10:03:20 AM
  • 30
    I tend to shy away from classes because no one my size it in them.
    Comfort for beauty - sometimes it is a must - 6/7/2009   8:56:50 AM
    I go for comfort. I like to look my best, but not at the expense of comfort. If it's tight to the point of feeling like a 10 pound sausage stuffed into a 5 pound skin...forget it! - 6/7/2009   7:20:34 AM
  • KAREN214
    When I am going out a do sacrifice comfort for beauty, but this helps with eating if my clothes are close fitting I can only at so much and I do not over indulge and can still have a good time. Plus I look good. - 6/7/2009   6:43:06 AM
    I don't need to go to a class for overweight gym-goers...even though I am..HOWEVER, if that is what it takes...then so be it!

    Late in life?? Hmm.....I learned to exercise late in life....and working on improving my bike riding and swimming skills...i can't balance wel...or breathe while swimming!

    Sacrifice comfort for beauty..i have...but not majorily. Most of the time I'm pretty comfy in my clothes!
    - 6/7/2009   1:04:41 AM
  • 26
    Even though I know some people feel uncomfortable among a group of "fit" people but there's no point to separate them. Labeling will only make matter worse. Can you imagine a conversation goes, "So, you go to that yoga class for fat people?" That will never work. - 6/6/2009   9:36:47 PM
  • 25
    I don't think there should be separate classes for over weight people unless they just want to be in a separate class. The instructor of my Total Body Stretch class is a plus size person, a personal trainer and very flexible, so exercise is beneficial regardless of size. What's important is consistency.

    What I learned late in life is swimming. I signed up for a learn to swim class at the Y and learned to swim when I was 38. I did a lot of swimming for after that but not much since.

    Comfort for Beauty: I don't use any of those items.
    - 6/6/2009   7:25:34 PM
  • 24
    I am learning to swim do some but still not able to tread water afraid of the deepend. I don't wear most of those items, did wear the heels but not that tall when younger afraid to wear them now. I do like to wear the flip flops but go easy walking because don't want to trip and sprain an ankle, etc. etc..... - 6/6/2009   4:13:20 PM
  • 23
    1. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 27. It was horribly embarrassing that all these young kids were zipping around in cars, and I was too scared to try again. But I overcame my fear and now I can't imagine NOT being able to drive. Now at 29, I still can't swim. I wanna learn, but I have too much going on in my life now.

    2. I don't think I've ever worn any of those clothes, but I've always been fat so skinny clothes were always out of the question. I don't like ultra tight clothes. If it's not cute AND comfy, I'm not wearing it.

    3. I think it's great that there's yoga classes for heavier people. It is sad that most yoga instructors don't know how to help students modify poses, but it's also terribly sad that overweight people get mocked and ridiculed by skinny women, not only in yoga classes, but in gyms, and even out in public. I think it's more than correct instruction, it's also a safe place. - 6/6/2009   2:41:58 PM
  • 22
    Striking a Pose for Girth was a great article and yes I do think for some things separete classes would be better. I mean you can be overweight and flexible but what do you do with that belly they keeps getting in the way ...give me a pose that works for my size.
    - 6/6/2009   2:37:43 PM
  • 21
    I don't have the money for equipment, so I just walk and use exercises and stretching with a resistance band. I really would LOVE to win this! It REALLY sounds like it could be a lot of fun! Could I win this, Please Lord? - 6/6/2009   2:21:38 PM
  • 20
    I do not feel comfortable around people that are fit and in shape and want to show off for other people that are also fit and can do everything with easy.. it is not easy for some people to do what is easy for others..That is why i do not go to gyms.. i do my workouts at home.. have a pool to swim in so no need .. - 6/6/2009   2:12:28 PM
  • 19
    skinny jeans, maybe when I was a kid, high heels/flip flops - I have plantar fascitis and nerve damage on the ball of my foot, so been there done that, thongs (back in "my day" that is what we called flip flops, hehehehe) and I never liked having something up my crack, large purse is also a no as I can never find anything in my smaller purse anyway. Boy am I getting old!!! - 6/6/2009   12:05:12 PM
  • 18
    I thought "Curves" is for women of all sizes. Hmmmm, it seems people are going ot go where they feel comfortable and I see no reason for not have varied size facilities available. Or even services at a facility for diverse populations. - 6/6/2009   11:47:59 AM
  • 17
    Segregating in yoga classes based on weight does not seem right to me. But if it works for you, then go for it! - 6/6/2009   11:47:29 AM
  • 16
    Regarding the first article...I don't agree with the thong panties. I have never had a problem with them. As long as you get cotton ones, you should be good to go...but I guess it is different for every individual. I just can't stand panty lines! lol - 6/6/2009   11:44:49 AM
  • 15
    Great articles this week.

    I avoid almost all of the painful fashion items with the exception of sandals, but I don't wear them for extended walking or all day.

    I could probably benefit from modified yoga; I'm 40lbs. over my target and dreadfully uncoordinated!

    I recently taught my daughter how to ride a two-wheel bike even though I'm not the best biker in the world myself after a few nasty experiences as a child. Now it is a favorite form of exercise and one I can share with my daughter.

    One of the side benefits of unemployment is that we don't eat out much anymore! However it's interesting the read why there may be some physiological reasons for over-indulgence that I can be more aware of when I do go out.

    The "20 rules" are pretty close to the way I'm eating right now and planning on continuing. It's really not that much more effort to cook up a plain chicken breast than the breaded, precooked version from Perdue!
    - 6/6/2009   11:03:52 AM
  • 14
    If I feel uncomfortable around people who are skinny I probably won't go back. It would be great to feel at ease with others who are in the same boat as me and then move on to another class when I'm fit and trim. - 6/6/2009   11:01:37 AM
  • 13
    I'm too old to do anything that makes me hurt whether it's shoes, clothes, etc., & I'll never give up the things I like to eat; I have tried since working on my weight to do all things in moderation, though! - 6/6/2009   10:19:29 AM
  • BTRX71
    I like that the Buddha yoga classes are being offered. Yes it would be great if any class instructor could adapt the poses for all students of any size , shape, or fitness level. But the thing I like most about the separate class is self comfort. Going into a class with people who are really fit or thin can be intimidating. The best instuctor can only help so much if you are so uncomfortable about having to adjust moves and worried about how you look doing the moves that you can't enjoy it. - 6/6/2009   9:51:56 AM
  • 11
    If I can't enjoy the ride, I'm not taking the ride. I refuse to wear shoes that look good if they hurt my feet, not going to happen. If a diet is too painful and unenjoyable I'm not going to go for it either. - 6/6/2009   9:09:27 AM
    On the Buddha Body Yoga classes: Like any other yoga class, what you get out of it depends on the skill of the instructor and your own ability to focus and challenge yourself. The first yoga class I took, the instructor was not adept at teaching students with limitations - whether that be because of their weight, lack of experience, or physical restrictions. Since all three applied to me, I felt like a fish out of water. I stuck with it, though, and my next round of classes were with a teacher who was extremely capable and treated all of the students with care and respect. That made a world of difference. I would take a Buddha Body Yoga class if they were offered in my area - even though my body isn't as Buddha-like as it used to be.

    However, I also had an experience that sort of cracks me up still today. After I had been taking classes for a couple of years with that excellent teacher I mentioned, we had a set of twin sisters who were younger than the other members join the class. (I would guess they were in their early 20's and the rest of the class was easily 35 plus.) After their second class, one of them approached me and asked if I was also a yoga instructor. I was flattered, thinking that I must be doing SOMETHING right, but told her that I was not. She said, "We thought maybe you were because you have that yoga body." Now, at the time she said that to me I was about 215 pounds on a 5'8" frame. I was hardly thin or lithe! Yet, to her it appeared that I had a "yoga body." Why? Because yoga improves your posture and your muscle tone. It brings out one's innate gracefulness.

    There are a lot of fitness classes out there that do not really welcome people who are older, overweight, or just out of shape. Sure, they let you enroll, but you are constantly snubbed or made to feel somehow inferior. This attitude has no place in yoga, but it exists. The Buddha Body Yoga classes offer a safe haven for people who might otherwise feel too intimidated to start a practice.

    I don't think that the Buddha Body Yoga classes create an exclusive club that encourages people to stay fat. They create an environment where people who feel ousted from the exclusive clubs where people are already fit and thin can embrace the practice without being treated poorly. If you haven't experienced that kind of snubbery at a gym or yoga studio before, count yourself lucky. It is more prevalent than you might think.

    I also read with great interest the article about "20 Ways to Eat Healthier." It goes right along with my recent blog about how eating like a child might help us moderate our food intake.

    As far as sacrificing comfort for fashion, I try never to do that. Even when I was thin as a rail, I couldn't stand wearing thong undies. There are better, healthier, and more comfortable solutions to avoid panty lines. It's possible to wear well-fitted heels that look nice without torturing yourself with stillettos.Flip-flops have their place, but they really are a safety hazard in a lot of situations and don't do anything to support your arches or your ankles. I guess the one I'm most guilty of is the handbag thing, although over the years I have gotten better about not loading it down so much. - 6/6/2009   9:09:03 AM
  • 9
    Thanks for the great articles. Lots of good ones today! I really enjoyed the article "Its time for the rides of my life". What a story of personal victory! Way to go!! - 6/6/2009   8:07:49 AM
  • 8
    I think its so amazing that people have taken the time to actuly think about the really heavy set people but I think putting them in fat classes might be a little to much. I love to do yoga even though I have truble with head stands but my mom wont go with me because shes 190 lbs so some of the siple things are really challanging for her. I think a modified program is great but maybe instructors should be doing more in regular classes then they are. It seems like theres a huge gab between the fit and those that would be willing to try if given half a chance.

    As for learning things late in life Im almost 20 and still cant really ride a bike without falling at somepoint and skinning my palms. (My plan for this summer learn and try not to break my neck.) - 6/6/2009   6:40:07 AM
  • 7
    The instructors if they were "smart" would be able to adapt their class to their participants. When I work out with DVDs alot of times the instructor will say "if this is too challenging, try this alternative" - 6/6/2009   5:38:45 AM
  • 6
    I took a couple of yoga classes for college credit when I was slimmer. Now that I have put on weight, and am trying to take it off, I can't do all of the poses well. My tummy gets in the way.

    The other day I did a "public" class, and the instructor thought I was joking when I said I had previously taken classes at the college in yoga. It was really embarrassing to be called out like that when she wasn't asking that of anyone else.

    However, later on, she realized (or so I think) that I was legit. Many of the other students were corrected on their form, and I was not.

    I'd like there to be more explanation on alternate poses for beginners vs heavier students vs advanced yogis, etc. That would solve the problem, I think. - 6/6/2009   1:19:30 AM
    I haven't taken a yoga class, but I do have a DVD which tells you how to adapt the poses to suit you. I still struggle, but after talking with some friends that have taken classes where the instructor has just sort of turned a blind eye to some of my friends - I figure I am doing quite well with the DVD. - 6/5/2009   11:53:56 PM
  • 4
    Honestly, I do think that having yoga classes that specialize in modified yoga for those who can't handle the traditional style is a wonderful idea. I love yoga, but as a plus-size woman I just cannot do some of the poses and always feel like I'm at a loss because I've never had an instructor or a class that offers modifications that take into consideration the challenges of a plus-sized person's body (stomach pooches, bigger thighs, larger arms, etc). For example, I cannot get into a traditional child's pose - I'm not physically able to do it - yet I've never once seen a demonstration for an alternative. I'd like to think that in a class geared toward modified poses using props, the instructor would be educated in showing me an alternative to that simple pose.

    As far as a separate gym, I wouldn't need one but I think environments that would provide a sense of comfort for people who are much heavier than your traditional gym-goer could really help. Working out in public is an extremely intimidating idea and can also leave people feeling extremely vulnerable. Really, we have women-only gyms, so I don't think the concept of a gym geared towards larger clients (with classes that factor in the challenges of being obese, equipment that can handle more weight, etc) is totally ridiculous. - 6/5/2009   11:39:39 PM
    This one is a debate for me. On one hand I used to be (and still am!) shy to be out in public doing any sort of exercise - I didn't want anyone to look at me and wonder why that fat girl is working out, because it's obviously not working for her. So I could definitely see an appeal there to having gyms and classes where you are not the only 'fat' person.

    However - where is the motivation when everyone around you is exactly the same?? Part of why things like SP are so motivating is because you get to see how far people have come. If these classes/gyms are only for 'fat' people, no one will ever get to see the results obtained of working hard and diligently. It's like creating an exclusive club that you can only be in if you stay fat.

    What would be ideal would be to have gyms or classes at certain times a day for over-weight and insecure people, to work towards a common goal between all the participants. - 6/5/2009   10:06:51 PM
  • 2
    I have noticed that since losing 50 pounds I am able to get into yoga poses more deeply. Bridge pose actually felt good the other day.

    I have never felt intimidated at a yoga studio. Yoga is about looking within. There simply isn't time to worry about the person next to you.

    I would never go to a yoga studio for the overweight, but, if some need it then it is needed. - 6/5/2009   9:49:17 PM
  • 1
    No, I don't think there should be a separate gym for over weight gym goers . . because I look at it as a motivation tool for me and the slim group. It do not bother me at all. I use to look like the slim gal and I know I can look as good again but not as slim but hey I'm there to really help me not them.That's just the way I look at it.
    No I don't sacrifice comfort for beauty. - 6/5/2009   7:15:13 PM

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