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Don't let the stigma of exercise discourage you.

Updated: May 24, 2023

Let's break the stigma that the idea of exercise is body builders lifting heavy weights at the gym. If you've found yourself in a place of discouragement time and time again within the exercise world, this may be why...

When you think of the word "fitness", for some, there is a flood of questions that enters the mind that may sound like..


“How can I better my health and well being? What do I need to do to stay consistent? How can I get that feeling of strength and be able to move more freely? What does it feel like to move with confidence and comfort, to have the ability to complete a task or everyday activities with ease and less pain?”

With all these questions, there is an answer!


Think outside the box!


Exercising does not have to look like over doing an activity until you're defeated, at risk for an injury or feeling sore for days after. The thought of this alone is discouraging which prevents many from exploring the world of exercise. This doesn't have to happen!


Exercise is to add movement of ANY kind. That's right, any movement counts! Start with slow, small increments, focusing on what your body needs, at your own pace and comfort level. Finding any movement you enjoy will give you the positive energy your muscles and brain need. Better circulation throughout the body will help with your mood, sleep and concentration. The positive benefits from this will surely start to build from inside out.



"Finding any movement you enjoy will give you the positive energy

your muscles and brain need. Better circulation throughout the body

will help with your mood, sleep and concentration."


Think outside the stigma society has built around what exercise "should" look like and find an activity that speaks to you. Walking, dance classes, Pilates, Yoga, group fitness, swimming, biking - whatever YOU like! If it is fun and enjoyable, your body as a whole will respond positively wanting more and more!


This is how to start a journey, better yet, your personal journey to movement and good health! Gradually, there will be a feeling and a message in your body saying "I love this and want more of it!

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That’s why Essentrics fits my needs! At 76, with a knee replacement done and one necessary on the other, I have attended Essentrics classes because I feel safe there. I challenge myself and I keep moving, improving my balance, flexibility and mobility. A little or a lot is what we all need to maintain our bodies to some degree. Marie Armstrong

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