Around the same time that I moved to Arkansas last fall, a new fitness studio was starting up in the area. barre3. Are you familiar?
I had never heard of it before but I’m an avid fitness snob (I kinda have to be for all the sweets I eat. eish.) and I love trying new workouts. I heard about barre3 through word of mouth and was excited to try it out during it’s “underground” days (i.e. classes offered off-site before the studio was even open). Fast-forward five months and I’m hooked. The workouts are strengthening and cardiovascular; a combination of Pilates, yoga, and dance. Now before you make judgments – I’m not a yogi in the slightest. I’ve tried yoga on and off over the years and just can’t connect with it. And dance? yikes. I daydream of ballroom dancing but the truth is that I have two left feet and can’t keep a beat to save my life. It’s a bit embarrassing.
Anyway, these workouts generally end with a little introspection. This moment is always so special to me because after working myself through such a straining workout, the idea of thanking my body for what it does is new to me. and I love that.
Halfway through my workout today though I was caught off-guard by how focused I was. It was one of those moments when you’re not paying attention to anything else. Not the music, the people, nothing. I was so focused on pushing myself, that I completely stopped thinking about my stresses. Then at the end of the workout in our moment of introspection, you know what I did?
Yup, cried. All the stress I’ve been juggling lately slapped me in the face and for a minute I stopped biting my cheek and just let myself cry. And that’s okay.
It was such a relief to let my guard down and in that moment, I knew it was exactly what I needed to let my body do.
Sometimes crying is the best way to relieve tension. I highly recommend it. But just for a minute and then it’s time to take a deep breath and forge on. Or go watch Jimmy Fallon and laugh your butt off. Honestly, what better way is there to confuse your fiance?