For the last couple of weeks I have been intentional to work out, even when I don’t feel like it, even when my days at work are in the double digit long. This time of year in my profession is one that runs on caffeine and giddy-up as I like to say. It’s an energizing time, but it’s also a draining time just because you go from a quieter summer schedule to ramped up days of training and presenting.
So I have tried to be intentional about how I balance out my work. I’ll go work out for an hour to refocus my head and get the adrenaline going again. I noticed something the last few weeks while I was doing this, as I do an interval portion on the elliptical. The lower resistance and easier “stroll” felt much shorter than the high resistance, high impact climb did, eventhough they were both the same amount of time. For the first couple of cycles I did really wonder if something was wrong with the machine. That it was somehow tricking me and doubling up the climb and shortening my stroll.
I found that in the high resistance I am being stretched and new muscles are being used. When I’m in a stroll, I am simply maintaining, nothing more or less. While both are good, the high resistance feels longer because my body and my mind are not accustomed to it. It’s a surprise of sorts and challenges me to keep up, to rise to the impact.
Do you ever feel like you’ve been strolling when you suddenly find yourself in a climb? The resistance comes as a bit unsettling and you wonder if you will ever get back to a stroll. You wonder when you can just get to maintain again, because it felt awfully short. You look back at the last stroll with reminiscent hopes of getting there again. What we don’t remember is the climb is training us for the next stroll. It’s providing a time to see well beyond our own lowly-defined limits. It’s giving us the opportunity to see that we can actually achieve something past what our expectations were.
So the next time you are in a climb, don’t be surprised if you find yourself toning your mind and your body for the next stroll. The climb is giving you the reward of a stroll, and often that stroll will leave you hoping for the next resistance.