Posted by: ElliptiGO Girl | June 12, 2008

A balancing act?

Training could be described as a balancing act.  Heck, life could, for that matter.  You gotta find that optimal balance of time devoted to:

  • Family vs. work
  • Work vs. exercise
  • Family vs. exercise
  • Sleep vs. all of the above
Assuming you’ve got that figured out, then comes the fun part. How to train effectively, efficiently, without injury, and have fun at the same time. Hooo boy. Tall order. More balancing. Some examples:
  • Following a training program (scientific, progress more effectively, but takes work to plan it out) vs. listening to your body (Can you depend on your body to be a good coach?)
  • Pushing the envelope (high injury risk) vs. Progressing at a snails pace (boring)
  • Training alone (convenient, boring) vs. With a group or buddy (less convenient, fun)

I could go on and on. Performance specific training vs. cross training. Calories in vs. calories out. Shoes with lots of support vs. barefoot-style running.  The list is endless!  

All I know is that you’d better keep me away from any trapeze – I’m not a very good balancer.  I like to swing one way – Oops! Too far! – and then swing back the other way.  Too far again!  Over and over.  And over. The “pendulum” approach to life. One good thing: Seems as I get older, the oscillations get smaller. So maybe one day I’ll be able to do this balancing act.

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