Growing up, I was an active kid. Although I did not excel or focus particularly on any one sport or physical activity, I was always playing some sport or taking some sort of dance class. During my early school years, my after school schedule was filled with soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball every spring. In addition to each of those recreational sports leagues I danced throughout the school year, taking classes in ballet, tap and jazz. As I entered into middle school and high school, soccer was replaced with field hockey, a winter sport disappeared from my schedule completely, and softball was replaced with club lacrosse. Eventually, my involvement in most sports disappeared and by about age 16 I was participating in only dance classes. Now, this wasn't because I chose to focus on dance, instead it was because with all my jumping around from sport to sport I never actually became good enough at any sport to play at a competitive high school level. Next thing you know, I was off to college and I had fallen out of sports and physical activities completely. On and off throughout my college years I would attempt to develop a workout routine, but to be honest, I had no idea what I was doing and without the proper training and support nothing much ever came of that. Additionally, I began to suffer from a chronic knee injury which really deterred me from physical activity completely (funny enough, I later learned that increased strength training would actually help with this injury overtime).
Then came law school and as you can imagine this was a transformative time in my life in more ways than I can even attempt to explain here. I moved to NYC, lived on my own for the first time, and for the first time in my life I was truly challenged by my academic program. Although I had always struggled with anxiety and stress management, all of this change was weighing on me and I knew I needed to change something to make it all work. Some professionals I spoke to recommended medication to help with my anxiety and stress, but I saw this option as a last resort and wanted to try and combat my struggles in a less invasive way if possible. For the first time I joined a gym. I hoped that exercise would provide my body with an outlet for all of the other stress it was under and that it would allow me to better combat my anxiety. Little did I know that a consistent workout routine/ fitness community would do this and so much more.
I immediately fell in love with group fitness. I began to take classes almost everyday. I felt challenged by the exercises, supported by the group mentality, and I found that each day when I left the gym I felt a newly defined sense of confidence, self, and clarity. Over the years, I experimented with various group fitness offerings in NYC, from studio fitness inside some of the big box gyms (think NYSC and Equinox), a ClassPass membership which allowed me to take classes in all areas of fitness, and finally narrowing it down and committing to a handful of boutique gyms that would allow me to focus on my current goals.
My current workout routine is a great compliment to my job as an attorney. Each day I take a morning class where I am able to challenge my body and mind physically before I even enter the office. I come into work ready to tackle the day and feeling capable of almost any challenge that may come my way. After working out, my mind is clear, my anxiety is subdued, and I am focused for the day ahead. My anxiety does not surface nearly as often and my mind feels less stressed and overwhelmed.
Outside the office, working out has given me a new sense of self-confidence and self-worth as well. I generally find that when people discuss fitness and its ties to their self-confidence or self-worth they are generally speaking about the physical appearance results they have obtain. For myself, however, I find that my self-confidence has exponentially increased for very different reasons. I now know I am capable of things I never thought I could do (for example, running a sub 2 hour half-marathon, deadlifting 205 lbs., and regularly surviving gym classes that many refer to has the hardest in NYC) and this feeling that I can do the unimaginable has also trickled into other areas of my life. Fitness has given me the ability to know that I can get through even the hardest times and I know that with hard-work and commitment I will be able to preserver.
My sweat journey up until this point has been for me, but now I am ready to share it with you.
Welcome to The Sweat Chronicles! Follow along to check out how I balance my professional life in NYC with my passion for fitness, health and wellness, while still having some fun along the way. Can't wait to share my goals, challenges, workouts, and tips & tricks with you all!