I have been dancing since I could walk, and it has become a part of my identity. Throughout grade school, high school, and college, I was a part of several dance companies and teams. Dance for me was not just about the physical movements, it was about the act of living in the moment and letting the music take control, even just for a minute. Growing up in the dance world, I have learned many life lessons from how to speak in front of an audience to stop being afraid to take a risk and step out of my comfort zone.
Now that I am in grad school, my options for dance are fairly limited due to my school and work schedule. When I moved to Boston, I wanted to find another way to stay in shape that I was able to do on my own time. Thus came lifting. Over the past month, I have stepped far out of my comfort zone and back into the gym. Prior to this new journey in fitness, I had never lifted a weight in my life. I was always the girl who just did cardio and maybe some abs at the gym before running off to find a dance studio to hide in. I am no longer afraid of the weights, and am slowly gaining confidence in my workouts. It is a process, and with time and some encouragement from my friends has really helped me to find balance. By going to the gym regularly, I have realized that fitness is not just about looking good or being in shape for the summer or an event, it is about lifelong health and always having something to progress towards. The part I am most excited about this is that my fitness goals will never stop growing and evolving.