You are made to change. Scratch that. You are change. The very reason why you and I are on this planet is to inspire change for the next person. So, to fear change, to be hesitant to change, or to dislike change is to deny your very existence.
If you didn’t change, you would still be an embryo. One way or another, you will change. It’s just how you accept it that can be the problem. The very ability to adapt to and accept change is a significant part of the human condition. Changes in our relationships, bodies, health and situations in life are conditional on how we adapted to the last change.
Deep stuff. Let’s lighten it up!
Today, I worked out at a different gym. It’s a part of the same chain of gyms that litter our city, but it’s a different location. I’ll admit, I was hesitant to make the change from my routine. My wife and I are both off work today, and I figured it would be easier to get up with her at 5 AM and go workout at her gym. It didn’t really sink in until we were driving in, “I’m going to have to re-adapt to new surroundings! Yikes!”
I was just getting comfortable with my regular gym, but isn’t that reason enough to change?
The Reason for This Blog
The most magnificent reflections in my life come to me when I work out. There are all kinds of science behind why your mind opens up when you’re in beast mode. It’s the reason why many people become addicted to body movement in the first place -myself included.
Before each workout, I set an intention to learn something about my life and world. And then, I record it on this blog to encapsulate my thoughts and then share them with you.
What Was My Intention?
I really didn’t have any intention of this workout until I arrived at the gym. When the mind and body are aligned, there isn’t much to think about. Life is good! Once I walked into this strange new gym, my intention was clear. What does change mean to me? Can I lose myself and workout in a peculiar place?
How Did I Feel Before?
Aside from feeling a little groggy with the earlier than normal workout time, I felt great. As I said, my mind and body are aligned. I have no aches or pains, and generally, I’m in good shape.
What Did I Do?
- Treadmill: 10 minute flat run to get the sweat glands activated.
- Weights: On Friday, I lift! A full-body weight circuit.
How Do I Feel After?
I do not have a lot of upper body strength, it’s why I do this stuff. So my shoulders and arms are feeling kind of rubbery. Legs are feeling great as usual, they are my foundation to living.
What Did I Learn?
Change is never frightening, its the anticipation of change, and the uncertainty of the result that puts me in stress. Accepting that I have no control over the outcome and letting go is the only real way to embrace change.
I learned that I can adapt to any situation if I rid myself of the need to control it and resist the urge to find comfort in predicting the result. Once I embraced that, I found comfort, I lost my mind, and my workout was sublime!