A strange thing happened the other day. Our Thursday fitness class has a new instructor. All the young women seem to be off getting full-time jobs. My personal suspicion is that we slowly wear them out, one by one. Now we have a high spirited, high energy fitness guru that has a very cute little expression. Every once in a while, as she is putting us through the most difficult of paces, she'll say something like "This feels good...doesn't it!!??"...your immediate reaction is to think...no, actually it's killing me!...just as you've finished your thought with your inside voice, the instructor yells out "Just say YES!" She has to be satisfied with the level of participatory responses or she yells louder..."SAY YES!!!!". By now, I can assure you that just about every participant is yelling YES! YES! YES! mostly, for fear of her retaliating and adding on a few more repetitions.
I was thinking, oh this is sort of cheesy, just a strange way of coercing this group, but then, I realized that when I replied out loud "YES!!!", something was happening. I decided the first time that it was my imagination.
Week two. Same time, same place, same instructor, same command "Say YES!" By now, we know that she's not kidding and we're all playing the game. Again, the same reaction, I felt as though I could do more, carry on, smiling, affirming....something was up. Ever the skeptic, I was only going to be convinced if I gave it another weeks trial.
Week three and I'm ready to make an assessment. I can't tell you why, but it works. Try it. Next time you feel like you're going to have a negative thought, or can't take the next step, or don't want to get going...."SAY YES!!!" It works.
Regarding the Jane Fonda photo; thank heavens the workout clothing has changed!
If you're still not convinced.............This is how it worked for a nation!