learning to grow and letting go

Learning to Grow and Letting Go

Sometimes doing it all doesn't yield the biggest reward.

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As you get older, naturally you get busier. School, homework, meetings, extracurriculars, and social obligations add up and suddenly everyday is go, go, go. I am a person that thrives off of a busy schedule and makes a structured plan for each day, prioritizing my time to ensure everything gets done. Recently, I have found myself consumed in a busy schedule that does not yield time for things I used to prioritize such as exercise. Initially this stressed me out, and I thought of ways I could make it work: waking up at 5am, going to the gym in the late evenings, etc. However, I came to realize that this was not realistic. The composition of my life has changed in an exciting way, and I need to embrace the changes that come along with it. I love what I am doing everyday, but I am typically exhausted at the end of each long seven hour day.

Why push myself to do a workout out of the simple fear of taking a day off? Why burn myself out completely so I am not 100% at school everyday when there are students that count on me to give them my best? I want to be the best teacher I can be and to do so, some things need to give.

One of my resolutions for this year was to work on embracing change, adapting to them as they come and this is a true test of my ability to be flexible. At this specific point in my life my career is most important, and that is what I need to honor with all of my effort and concentration. Of course I will still incorporate working out into my weekly regimen, but it is taking a backseat to other priorities.

While I am learning a ton in my student teaching experience, I am also learning about myself as I grow both internally and externally. It is very rewarding to find yourself at a place in your life that you feel utterly content and motivated simultaneously. I want to better myself, to grow into the best version of myself that I can and continue to learn each day. With this comes challenges and obstacles, but I am learning to see the positives side and to roll with the punches.

Say yes to more spontaneous things, don't be so strict with your schedule, learn to be okay with change and see each as an opportunity to grow. I am currently in the process of building this confidence within myself, but I am already seeing new perspectives that I know others can benefit from as well.

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Why You Should Go To The Barre

Keep your head high and your heels even higher!

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After going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to try a barre class, last month I finally decided to. And let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have made for not only myself but my body! I tried my first class at Barre N9ne in Andover, Massachusetts (with multiple location in Woburn, Somerville, and Danvers), and I truly don't think I could have found a better studio. From the moment you walk into the studio there is a great vibe and the instructors are so informative and caring. If you are in the area, I highly recommend Barre N9ne!

It Is A Full Hour To Yourself

My favorite part of barre is it is an hour to myself. No phone, no distractions, just working to improve myself with each set. When I go to the gym whether I am lifting weights or running on the treadmill at some point I am on my phone responding to a text or changing the song I am listening to. During barre, I don't even think about who texted me or what email I have to respond to. It is complete me time.

The BEST Core Workout

During barre, your core is engaged the entire time. Then, at the end of the workout there is 5-7 minutes of actual core workouts. This makes it one of the best core workouts because instead of just focusing on your core for a few minutes, you are engaging it throughout the class and then additionally at the end.

You Will Gain Strength and Definition 

A typical barre class is a full body workout and over time you will gain strength and see definition. It takes about 5 classes to start seeing results. By strengthening each muscle group, you are not only gaining definition you are also strengthening all muscles (even the ones that are often underused and underdeveloped).

You Will Become More Flexible 

After each muscle group worked on, you will stretch. This is something that is often overlooked because people don't want to take the time to stretch during a workout and save it until the end, or even not at all. The amount of stretching done in a barre class will improve your range of motion and help to reduce any risk of injuries.

Mind Body Connection

During class you will often hear your instructor say to "focus on the mind body connection". But, what is it? Well, when you focus your attention on the muscle you are working, you tend to work harder and more effectively. This then gives you faster results. When you then focus on that muscle group and stop focusing on all the background noise of your stressful day, or what you have to do after class, or that big test next week, you are really able to focus in and have the best workout.

Your Muscles Will Shake (In A Good Way)

Barre utilizes micro movements. Meaning, since you preform many reps of the same movement involving specific muscles in barre, you are then working your muscles to exhaustion. When your muscles are exhausted, they start to shake. If you aren't shaking, work harder!

Through every pulse, squeeze, and tuck enjoy your time during barre. I hope you give barre classes a try because I know I don't regret it and I know you won't either.

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