Taking a “Spring” Break

This doesn’t have much to do with education, but I think it’s relevant.

I am on spring break, which has simply consisted of me waking up, making breakfast, drinking coffee, watching 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and going to Pure Barre every day.

What is Pure Barre? It’s the reason why I’ve been sitting on my butt every day before and after I go. It kicks your butt, arms, thighs, abs, calves, shoulders—-everything. I am exhausted and it’s all I’ve been doing. It’s a ballet/pilates/yoga workout that uses small movements, minimal weight, and is low-impact. Since I haven’t been able to run recently because of knee pain, this is about the only workout that hasn’t hurt my knees but is rigorous enough to challenge me.

I’m addicted. I read somewhere that teachers need to do something in which they are not the ones leading or teaching, and this is perfect. All I have to do is show up, follow the instructor, and get into the “shake zone” (the part where your muscles shake and you want to scream Holy Mother of God). It’s rough. I haven’t had a workout like this since volleyball conditioning back in high school. Needless to say, I have an unlimited membership for this month and I’m excited to see how much I learn about the technique and how much better my knees and lower back will feel.

I would encourage you to check Pure Barre out if there is a studio in your area. Your first visit is free, but you’ll most likely be back the next day, saying “bring it on!” Definitely give it a try if you have an injury that is keeping you from doing high-impact workouts.

The mental break from school has been lovely, but I am itching to get back into the classroom and finish out this year. Our school has quite a few activities for the end of the year: Prom, Track and Field Day, and my Creative Writing class’s Videography presentation. I can’t believe it’s almost over—it’s difficult to believe that a little less than a year ago I was a bright-eyed college grad ready to start my career.

-S

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