October 21, 2019


Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

I tried a Barre class for the first time a few weeks ago and honest to goodness, it was the hardest class I've ever done. I've done yoga and pilates and also go running every morning but man, all of those teeny tiny repetitions added up! It had been awhile since I had experienced both an endorphin release and painful determination at the same time. Fortunately, I was in the company of friends who helped me laugh through the torture, but it was toughhhh.

But ever since that class, I've found a little more inspiration to seek out a little more physical pain in my workouts. I've been pushing myself to run a little harder and faster and farther and to do harder workouts on my own as well. I don't want to just be complacent--I want to challenge myself.

And while the pain isn't fun in the moment, there's some weird reward of feeling the pain the next morning (or a few days after) and realizing that your muscle is building and your body is getting stronger (I'm not the only one who feels this way, right?).

All that to say, I think there's some purpose in pain. Pain tells you that your body has feelings and senses and that you're alive. Pain tells you that you're getting stronger and the result of that pain is strength, growth, and confidence.

So no, it may not feel great in the moment, but there is purpose to whatever it is you're feeling right now--sometimes it just takes a little while to see it.

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