My Mind-Body (dis)Connection
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Getting back into a routine of exercising every day has been difficult. Even though my mini goal is only 10 minutes everyday, there are some days I'm thinking "really?? nahhh". But, I have to talk myself out of it. It helps to think of it as a task that must be done everyday. The day cannot end unless I cross it off of my "to do" list.
Several years ago, I exercised at least 1 hour everyday. I worked a very physical job and I made sure that I also went to the gym for at least an hour a day. Sometimes I also did exercise at home on top of all of that. I remember feeling wonderful. I remember feeling relaxed after getting in a good workout. Although I remember these spectacular feelings, my mind has other plans. My body loves the workout. Over the past week, it has remembered what I taught it several years ago and it has been fairly easy to get back up to that intensity.
It seems there is a switch that my body has to flip in order for my mind to get on the same page. When I'm exercising, those first few minutes are absolutely dreadful. Then, at some magical point, it becomes outstanding and I want to keep going.
Today is the first day it seems that its not so dreadful to get started and its absolutely wonderful to keep going. I pick some music that I really like and the time goes by quickly. When I get close to my time goal, I just think "how about one more song". That's much easier than saying to myself, "how about 4 more minutes".