Intensity: I’ve been going very hard lately and I’m not stopping! Three weeks in a row with an intensity of 9/10. How I usually rate my weekly intensity is based on 3 questions:
- Did I get all my workouts in and complete them to the fullest?
- How hard each individual workout or cardio session was and get a average number on that.
- How sore I have felt over the past week and how I’m able to manage and continue my other projected workouts with the stiff and tight muscles I may be feeling.
I have yet to give myself a 10/10 for intensity and I think that is just because there is always 1 or 2 sessions, whether it be my workout or my cardio sessions, that didn’t feel 10/10 intense. Realistically if I were to rate a 10/10 week in the middle of my program then that would be a fault in my programming as the last two weeks should be the hardest and most intense! I will just be starting week 4 of 6 so it’ssss comingggg.
Motivation: This week I had to plan more around my work schedule then I normally do. I realized that the only way I was going to stay committed to my program was to have some early morning cardio sessions before work.
I haven’t had to do this in a while and needless to say I was not jumping out of bed and springing out the door and going for it. It definitely took me time to wake up and get a good pace going.
Of course thoughts of shutting my alarm off and turning over back to sleep crossed my mind as well. I find the key for when this happens is to NOT LINGER in the thought and GET UP before the thought really soaks in lol.
My motivation overall this week I would rate 6/10.
Lessons: The reason I have this lesson category in my weekly blogs is because I find that you learn so much when you train. You learn about yourself, how to push yourself, what works for you and what doesn’t.
I find you learn how to get through hurdles not only through exercise and taking care of your body but in life as well. Training can help clear your mind, it can help you process, it can make you burst into tears, and it can make you smile uncontrollable (especially when you crush a goal or milestone).
I try my best to spread the message that training can look like many different things for many different people. Maybe the word “training” is a little intimidating, but to me there is no difference in “training for a triathlon” or “training to improve your blood pressure”.
“Training for me is having a goal in mind and implementing the small steps to reach that goal consistently.”
I’m hoping we will eventually see a world where people will realize the importance of training and exercising and working towards a healthier version of ourselves. That’s really what it’s all about, improving our health so that simultaneously our wellness will improve, our quality of life will improve, and our happiness and joy will improve.
We know now that training (or exercising) is the way to true happiness because in order to be internally happy, we need to put the work in to take care of ourselves inside and out.
A lot of you who know me know my obsession with the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. In Napolean’s book he defines “ill health” as 5 different things:
a. Overeating of foods not conducive to health
b.Wrong habits of thought; giving expression to the negative
c.Wrong use of, and over-indulgence in sex
d.Lack of proper physical exercise
e. An inadequate supply of fresh air, due to improper breathing
Since this books publication in the 1930s, low and behold these five things have been researched and are proven to be in fact the very things that need to be addressed to be a generally healthy human being.
So whether you want to call it exercise, intentional movement, or come to terms with yourself as a true athlete (we all are in some way) and call it training, realize the importance that it has in your life, and don’t give up!