This morning was another lesson in capability, another reminder that the first time you think you’re done, think again. You can work harder, mind over matter.
I woke up to my laid out plans: workout clothes ready to put on, socks tucked into shoes, keys & wallet by the door & a banana with a big glass of water. Twenty minutes later I was straddling a bike with no seat, pedaling away!
With a week long hiatus from the Ryders Warrior classes, I was ready to be rocked. And rocked we were. Here’s a glimpse of the Warrior Work we did today (keeping in mind this is also a spin class – on seat-less bikes):
Off the Bike:
- 2 minute Plank Hold (No knees!)
- No-knee Push-ups for 1 minute (my count today: 43)
- 5 minute Wall-Sit HOLD (Hardest part of the 50 minutes)
- 10 burpees
- “Barre” style leg/hip exercises (one hand on the wall)
- 100 calf raises
- 100 push-ups at the end (nose-touching, knees allowed)
Rocked? YES. On an endorphin high? Completely.
Feeling? Accomplished, stronger, challenged & AWAKE.
How does exercise make you feel (adjectives)?
I guest-hosted the MeFirst chat last night, and this question provoked a variety of answers. I went with my first thoughts: powerful, healthy & stronger. A few people replied “accomplished”, and that rang true, too. And as the conversation went on, I realized adventurous & confident are two more of my adjectives.
What are yours?
Another topic discussed at length was the motivating factor – how do you coach yourself into a workout? As Rebecca put it – let’s be honest, we don’t always want to workout. Sometimes we just go through the motions.
Some factors thrown out there: healthy living blogs (read up and then head out!), new classes (Mix it up – don’t get bored with routine), and the buddy-plan!
My list is extensive, but the biggest factor for me is how I feel afterward (see above). No, I don’t always love setting the alarm early to roll out and go sweat. But, once I’m there, sweating, and then once I’m done? I feel awesome. We tend to repress feelings of pain, discomfort or extreme fatigue (allowing us to survive yet another long run), but the elation of a workout well-done is easy to recall. USE IT.
And with all of that said, if you’re not up for heading outdoors or spending money on a class – don’t forget the resource that is the internet! Podcasts, videos, lists and/or the above agenda.
How will you work it today?