Do you do interval training? We’ve all heard of it…and some of us even do it;-) At the gym I go to, my very good friend, who is the owner and a personal trainer, is a proponent of interval training. If you are a fitness novice, the basic premise is that you perform exercise at a high rate of intensity for a brief period, and then back it down to regroup before ramping it up again.
An example of this would be running on the treadmill at 7.5 (a fast run on my treadmill) for 30-40 seconds and then dropping down to 5.0 (a bit faster than a jog) for 3-5 minutes and continuing this pattern for 40 minutes or so…or until you pass out;-)
Sort of a marathon and a sprint combined in a workout; which is how life is too.
Now I understand the concept of interval training, but it wasn’t until I read this particular analogy that it really clicked and I related to living a life on your own terms.
OK; here’s the analogy:
If you think of interval training as filling a gas tank in your car, when do you use the most gas? It’s not on the highway miles; it’s in the stop and go traffic. When I read that, the light bulb went off in my head! That made perfect sense to me. An AHA! Moment!
So, how does this relate to an empowered life? Well, the way I see it, your goals (whether they are a year from now or 5 years from now), are the marathon; the slow and steady pace that keeps you moving forward.
Your ‘sprints’ are the daily actions that keep your energy up and keep you focused on the present. If you’ve ever run at intervals, then you know that when you are at high intensity your attention is more focused; slow down the pace and you’re not quite as focused.
So, in creating a life on your terms, you get to decide the pace of interval training that works for you. But make no mistake, in order to perform at your best; you will need to have a combination of sprints and marathons.
Are you ready to go at your peak performance?