Just a Minute…Please


Working out hasn’t been so bad…I made it to the gym five days last week…I’m still only doing the treadmill…and walking at my own pace…or…actually…Bertha’s pace…
Bertha has me on her Just a Minute Plan…it goes something like this…after warming up…I walk at a comfy pace for a minute…then…I walk at a faster pace for a minute…then…drop back…speed up…and I just keep doing that…some minutes the slower pace is even slower…and some of the faster ones are as fast as I can go…
Here’s her theory…I can endure anything for a minute…then I can rest…it sounded reasonable…it wasn’t overwhelming…I could do it…but…would it really work…
You know what I did…I Googled…I can’t help it…it’s a sickness…geez…I need an intervention…could somebody do a Google and find one for me…
Anyway…sure enough…there’s a whole bunch of stuff written about it…they call it interval training…their theory involves things like VMax…aerobic and anaerobic thresholds…cardiac output…
Somehow…I like Bertha’s theory better…it’s a whole lot easier to understand…and she’s right…even when I go as hard as I can…I can make it a minute…then…I can take it really easy the next minute…
I can tell I’m building up stamina and speed doing this…and adjusting the speed every minute helps keep me from getting bored…and when my hip hurts…I just go slower again…
Oh…here she is with her gym bag now…I’ll be there in just a minute
Jane

2 thoughts on “Just a Minute…Please

  1. I love Bertha's theory… I say that exact thing when I have students in a tough pose, or am taking them through a tough sequence… you can endure anything for *this* many breaths… or *this* many seconds…

    And, I'm a big believer in the fact that when you DO endure that… you prove to yourself how strong you are. And when you realize how strong you are on the outside, you start to realize how strong you are on the inside 😉

    That's my sneaky way of teaching anyway… shhhhh… don't tell my yogis 😉

  2. Thanks for endorsing Berta's Just a Minute Plan…there is definitely something in my brain that is overwhelmend with the 'big' picture…whether it's cleaning house…doing yard work…or working out…if I make it be little increments…I have a much better chance of starting…much less finishing…

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