In this week’s newsletter we share 3 tips to maximize your exercise experience. Here we focus on taking one of those ideas a bit deeper to discover just why it’s so important.
Let’s start with a question.
What is your relationship to challenge?
When we think of a challenge some of us may immediately recoil as if we just placed our hand over a hot stove. Others will stand up taller and feel emboldened to take it on. These are of course two ends of a spectrum with many choices in between.
You may be asking, what’s important about this question?
Well, the results you get from any exercise you do are directly related to your relationship to challenge. Here’s the part where we share a basic rule of exercise science and physiology called the overload principle.
In order to achieve results from exercise, it requires overloading the body with more challenge to the muscles then they normally face. This means just getting up and moving more, while having some benefit, does not produce results as well as working beyond your normal routine both in amount and intensity.
With overload as a requirement for results, it can make regular exercise seem even more undesirable when we see challenge as something to avoid. Luckily it doesn’t take much to make things drastically easier. You just need a new perspective.
To that end, we leave you with this question to ponder in the hope that it will take you one step closer to opening to challenge.
What is a positive way for you to relate to challenge?
By creating a story for yourself that affirms your relationship to challenge in a new light, you open yourself to a new experience and greater results from your workouts.