Monday, March 16, 2009

Judgment Free Zone

My constant reminder to chill out, already!
When I first signed up for a Planet Fitness membership, I noticed, but didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to, their slogan – Judgment Free Zone.

Since I’m at the gym several times during the week, and this phrase is emblazoned on many surfaces – outside on the sign, inside the gym, the locker room, the free t-shirts, the website – it’s quietly made a definite impact on me.

Every once in a while when I’m working out, I’ll get a little judge-y without even trying to – about someone’s outfit or some other silly thing. But then I look up and notice the slogan, and say to myself, “Uh-uh…none of that. This is a judgment free zone.” And, the thought quickly floats away.

I’ve realized that I’ve begun to use this same thought "workout" even when I’m NOT at the gym. I’ll notice someone on the street or in a meeting, doing or saying something I disapprove of, and then remember in my mind about the judgment free zone. And, the disapproving thought quietly slips away without much effort at all.

So, when I go to the gym, I’m getting a body AND a mind work out. Nice job, Planet Fitness!


fireweedroots said...

I like the thought of judgement free zones... in many places! My place of work for one!

Loveanewidea said...

It's silly when you think about it - the things we judge other people on. As I get older, I'm realizing that we really don't know what's right for another person...they are living the life they want/need for themselves and it's none of my business. (My soapbox for the day!)

Kelly said...

It would be great to make our whole lives a "judgement free zone". I try to remember that I haven't walked anywhere in another's shoes, let alone a mile.
Good for you, by the way, for your commitment to fitness!

Loveanewidea said...

Planet Fitness moved in right across the street from work! So, now I can go there on my lunch hour. Works out great. And, it's really my stress outlet for work, where I have a little more trouble being judgment free!

fritopi said...

that's awesome. if only the rest of the world were a judgement free zone.

Loveanewidea said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting! You know, I don't think Planet Fitness realizes what a good service they're doing the world with this little slogan! Seems like it's not such a big deal, but it really makes a difference.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

I'm going to add the Judgement Free Zone to my "If that's the worst thing that happens today then it'll be a good day" thought.

Loveanewidea said...

Alaskan Dave-
Happy to be of service...I'll add that to my good deed of the day list!


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