I tried a new fitness class yesterday. I know many of you are experienced in how this can feel. I was uncertain because I had never taken the class before and apprehensive because there is no way to know until after how my body will respond. Strength training is important to overall health and I know this, never the less sometimes my body reads expected pain and responds negatively.
Today I feel the accomplishment of walking through fear and following through on a commitment I made to myself. My body is stronger because of it. It’s interesting how sometimes we have to walk through something uncomfortable or even painful to receive the extended relief afterwards. While having knowledge and understanding of certain things is helpful it can still be extremely challenging to overcome. I understand that increasing core strength will reduce the amount of pain I deal with daily.
I also know that relaxation techniques are medically proven to have pain reduction and sustained health benefits. Still when there is no hope of instant gratification in the past I would find myself struggling to move forward. Like, UGH I have to do something uncomfortable to feel better later…not interested. I love that I am able to identify these moments and carefully consider my motivatives and expectations. Honing this skill has provided me with extra freedom in my life. Rarely do I find myself becoming frozen in a cycle of instant gratification. I love to implement small changes in my daily routine and watch them snowball into something beautiful in my life.
So yes I did the class. Yes I loved being there and meeting amazing people. Honestly movement is essential part of me functioning well. I can’t think clearly or process my emotions without a little daily movement. Am I sore today…YES? It actually hurts to breath; however, I trust that this will pass. That is one lesson pain has taught me. I focus more of my attention on looking for the times when I have little or no pain versus when I am consumed with pain. My life is made up of both those moments. What I choose to focus on will determine the results I get in my life.