It's a great feeling when you experience that. Or when you notice that something you used to struggle with suddenly becomes a lot easier. Or when you realize that you can go nearly twice as long/lift twice as much/etc as you did when you started.
Embrace that feeling. Remember it. Keep in mind that it's not going to happen every time, in fact, it's more likley that it won't happen, but it WILL happen again, and it WILL get more frequent.
I'm back to the gym and working out (with some limitations) after a year of not being able to - much of this past year just walking was a challenge. It feels great to be back, but some days are definitely tougher than others - realize some days will suck, but do it anyways - when those "moments" hit it will all pay off.
I don't think I've ever regretted going to the gym when I "really didn't want to" but I sure have regretted NOT going....
AJ Daly City, CA
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Try not, do or do not. There is no try.
Never argue with an idiot - they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
current weight: 151.6
Fitness Minutes: (67,499)
5,150 12/11/17 12:44 P
Delighted that you experienced this...!! Having arrived at that point in your fitness shows some real progress, and you'll be able to do it again. I think the key is to not get caught up in the belief that you *have* to experience it every workout, or "you've failed". Not the case...
In my life, slow consistent improvement is what brings it on and signals me that I'm ready to push myself just a bit more again. I also think it requires just the right events occurring simultaneously: enough sleep, enough good healthy food, and less stress so your mind can "get into" the exercise groove! (And who knows, maybe the right alignment of the stars--LOL!)
Take some internet time to read about endorphins and endogenous opioids...our bodies have great capabilities we seldom tap into. Take care and All the best, patti
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 12/11/2017 (12:48)
Patti "The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
current weight: 137.5
Fitness Minutes: (19,498)
12/11/17 12:17 P
Yesssss this is what makes me keep going back to the gym. I just came out of a few months where I have been down and somewhat depressed. I wasn't going to the gym but when I started again I was so happy! The endorphins are fantastic!
The catch is, when feeling crappy - the gym is the last place I want to be. So I just force myself and I am always happy that I did!
Kat from Portland Oregon New (sorta) to SP so add me as a friend! Paleo/AIP Gym/Hike/Backpack/Walk
So, I've recently started a new exercise program after being depressed for over a year and putting on most of the weight that I lost a few years ago. I've always been overweight (even at my lowest) and I've always hated exercise, but during my workout today, all the pain suddenly went away. I could go faster and harder and I was like wow this can actually be effortless one day. I was on a high from it for a few hours, it's really helped to motivate me. I've never had that before and I've tried doing this many times over the years.
I might go back to my old views in a few days lol, but now I really want to get fit for every movement to feel that effortless. It was like one of those 'I can do anything' moments. Anyway, I just had to share this somewhere, it was a strange experience for me.