Stay active – keeping your body and mind engaged // Pure Barre Kingstowne Spotlight

As many creatives, I could not wait to take my photography full time! Finally in October 2015, that dream became a reality. What I didn’t consider, is that I was going from a very active children’s gym job to a sitting 90% of the time job. Very quickly I gained  more weight, got in an unthinkable rut of constant snacking of anything I could find and became more unmotivated about exercise. There were days where I’d attempt to run, but it was so hard that I just stopped. There were days where I went back to my intense interval workout classes I attended previously (I made it through two), but again it wasn’t the best starting point as I felt discouraged. So enter….PURE BARRE.

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A new Pure Barre Studio opened up, and I went to try the class. I never looked back. If you don’t know, Pure Barre is a full body work out that is low-impact, and therefore perfect for those that may have injuries, are just getting back into working out or really anyone. I felt so welcome at Pure Barre Kingstowne, with the smiling faces of the instructors, be at a 5am class or 6pm. The encouragement makes you want to go back. Finally, each class I attend, I feel challenged, and walk out feeling so accomplished for taking care of myself.

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Who wouldn’t want to see these lovely faces at 5am?! 

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Pure Barre worked for me in not only making me feel healthy, but it makes days that I have to shoot weddings a lot less miserable on my body. Strengthening my legs, arms and core, I can now stay up on my feet for 8 hours and still feel great!

So I encourage everyone in the creative industry who may be struggling like I did, to find what works for you! Because at the end of the day, our health is the most important thing we have.

  • Alex - Oh, I am so glad you posted about this. I just went to “half” partime (3 half days) with my other job and can’t wait until weddings are my full time. But, even now, I am struggling with snacking, not moving, and not loving my body image because I’m just not as healthy as I was when I was working even part time! I need to put exercise into my daily routine. Thanks for the encouragement!ReplyCancel

    • redoctoberphotography@gmail.com - Alex, you can do it! My huge thing was also I realized what snacks that weren’t bad for me I can fill up on (carrots and hummus), and ultimately knew that if I wasn’t going to a class where Someone held me accountable (Pure Barre Charges you if you don’t cancel hours in advance), I wouldn’t push myself. It’s hard some days, but waking up for a 5am class, and knowing I’ve already done something for myself keeps me going! Good luck lady!ReplyCancel

  • hannah - I’ve never heard of Pure Barre before! I’m definitely intrigued! And I’m sure the instructors are loving those headshots & beautiful photos of the studio!ReplyCancel

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