12 Feb 2012

Healing

For anyone who has ever sustained an injury, whether physical or emotional, the greatest lesson is that it takes time to heal completely. We learn that we cannot shorten or control the time in any way. It is almost as if the healing has a life of its own, and we can do nothing but wait for the process to unfold. For seasoned athletes, this wait can be grueling, and can even feel like a

12 Feb 2012

Pain

Humans tend to live by the principle of pain avoidance whenever possible. We sidestep major issues, postpone critical decisions, ignore obvious signs, and remain in unhealthy situations just to avoid the discomfort of taking action. We dull physical pain with substances as quickly as possible, and we dull emotional pain by using other people to make ourselves feel better. Unfortunately, all of our best efforts to escape pain seem to bring more of it into

11 Feb 2012

Plateau

If you are working toward specific fitness goals and have been diligently following a plan that works for you, it can be very frustrating to suddenly find what feels like a halt in your progress. This is often called a fitness “plateau,” or a period of time when you are no longer seeing measurable results. It happens to everyone at one time or another, and it certainly does not mean you have been doing something

11 Feb 2012

Resistance

I recently began taking a spin class at the gym. This class wears me out, every time. By the end of the hour, my hair is matted and stuck to my back, my cheeks are flushed, and my legs are shaking as I climb off the bike. As I am struggling to catch my breath, I notice the precious lady sitting next to me who has not even broken a sweat. Her makeup is still