Should You Be Working Harder? : Stay Fit and Healthy

Should You Be Working Harder?

by Carole Phillips on 03/23/11

A client of mine had taken a bike ride with a friend a few weekends back and she told me that her friend was way ahead of her for the entire 25-mile ride.  I told her that one of the most important things I've learned in my years of training is that it is human nature to want to avoid discomfort.  In other words you can almost always go faster or farther than you think.

I considered this the next time I was on the treadmill, and I decided to increase my time and speed by just a little.  Much to my surprise, I realized that I had been working out at a level well below my potential for months.  I'd allowed myself to slip into a comfort zone that wasn't nearly enough of a challenge.  Ever since then, I periodically ratchet up my incline, speed or time and after a few "this is killing me" workouts, I feel just fine.

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