I smile when I remember my last exercise class about 5 years ago. I was not having a good time. I was not experiencing pleasure. I was bored. The bass of the music was blasting. When I glanced around the room I noticed the lack of joy on the faces of my peers. I was among a group of women fighting with their bodies in an effort to change them, shrink them, and I think, at times abuse them.
As I was noticing my feelings and reactions the teacher yelled out loudly with a plastic smile on her face, “the more you smile the more calories you burn.” She had no idea how to guide us toward pleasure in exercise or in our bodies. It seemed she had no clue how to connect to her own joy in her body.
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