At the end of the class, the instructor said something about, “You’ve now earned your brunch”.
No no no no no.
In no way, shape, or form, does one need to earn food through exercise.
Food is not good, or bad, or moral in any way.
Food is food.
Food is something we need in order to survive. We need it as fuel. We need it so we can go to barre classes, run marathons, and spend time with our friends.
We need it if the only thing we do that day is lay on the couch.
Laura and I ignored the comment, and loaded up our plates with far more food than what we may have burned in a 50 minute barre class. Why? Because who cares and brunch is delicious.
I may, on occasion and in a certain group, make comments about “earning my cupcakes” or “running for beer” but I’m never actually serious. I’d eat cupcakes and drink beer without shame if I took a rest day. Or if I didn’t run. And I wouldn’t feel badly about it at all. That said, I know I am guilty of making those comments (albeit in jest) and I’d hate for anyone reading, or listening to take them the wrong way. I most definitely don’t believe food needs to be earned, or exercise should be punishment.
As of late, I’ve seen many, many comments and posts about earning food through exercise, or needing to workout because you ate X. Neither of those are good, or healthy ways to look at food.
I exercise because I want to and I enjoy it. Some days my exercise is a barre class, other days it’s walking or running. I do currently have a routine, since I need to in order to lead a running club, and also because if I don’t schedule it, it’s highly likely I’ll spend some serious quality time with Netflix (again, nothing wrong with that, but exercise makes me happy).
I eat because I want to and I enjoy it. Yes, some days I might eat a bit more than normal. Some days I eat cookies, other days I eat salad. Neither of these is connected to the amount of exercise I have done, or plan on doing.
The only time I tie food to exercise is fueling for a race when I need to 1 – make sure I’m properly fueled and 2 – make sure I’m eating appropriate food as not to need to make an unplanned port-a-potty stop mid-race.
As someone who has struggled with weird food rules in my twenties, I’m quite attuned to any message that causes food to be seen as good or bad, clean or dirty. Words have meaning, and sure, while the “You’ve now earned your brunch” comment may have been innocuous, you also don’t know the history of your attendees, and so I feel it’s always best to err on the side of caution.You absolutely DO NOT need to workout in order to 'earn' your food.Click To Tweet