Exercise is the only thing I know to cure pain from the past. The rest of this blog post is a summary of my latest workout. I’m sharing this to help motivate you and to understand myself.
Each workout has an intention or a purpose, and in the end, something important is learned. Very few workouts are exceptional, some are average, and most are rough, but all are transformational.
Here is the latest footstep into my fit to live journey…
Workout: Never Miss a Monday!
How Did I Feel Before the Workout?
I’ll be honest, I felt apprehensive about going to the gym today. We had a work meeting that went past my regular noontime gym time, and that was just enough disruption to make me think twice about going. Do I really want to go? I don’t feel like it. But, it’s Monday.
I never miss a Monday.
What Was My Intention?
My intention for this workout was to do something cardio related and wake my brain up. After a busy weekend, I found myself to be a little sluggish this morning. Since I was going to be late for any noon-hour class, I decided to do something new to fill in the 45 minutes.
What Workout Did I Do?
- Stationary bike for 50 minutes.
- 5 minute cool-down leg stretch.
How Did I Feel After the Workout?
Physically, it’s been a long time since my legs felt so tired and heavy. Cycling is not something I’ve done before, so this is all new to my legs. While I felt the burn from the workout, I loved the fact that I made my body do something new. When we push our bodies to do new things, it rewards us with progress, even if that progress hurts at first.
What Did I Learn?
As I was cycling along, I realized that my ego gets in the way of learning from others. My intentions are right, I want to help, but it comes at the cost of boosting my ego, so are they really right? As I listen to others speak, I have a nasty habit of trying to make the conversation about me, and this has to stop.
I’m all-in when it comes to cardio. While your body is busy moving its arms and legs on autopilot, your mind is open and unoccupied. This is such a great moment to dig deep and ask yourself the tough questions and find the answer that really fits.
I’m glad I didn’t give in to the disruption that could have kept me from working out today. I reflected on my ego, I pushed my body to new limits, and once again, I reaffirmed my appreciation of the motto: Never miss a Monday!
The Story Behind This
Fitness means much more than toned muscles, physical strength and endurance. Building an intimate connection between your mind and body is the true definition of fitness. Life can be tough on you sometimes, and it is only made tougher if that connection is missing.
I spent many years trying to recover from the the fallout of childhood sexual trauma. My mind was continually trying to disconnect from a body that didn’t feel my own. It wasn’t until I discovered exercise that I was able rebuild that connection and become someone whole and worth living for. Every workout is just another chance to get a little closer to who I really am.