Conditioning: Exhilaration vs. Exhaustion

Former University of Oregon Track and Field coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Bowerman) advised finishing workouts feeling exhilarated instead of exhausted to avoid mental and physical burnout, as well as health risk.

In sustainability terms, we can get into some degree functional shape fast, but what good is that if we don’t stay in shape?

Nearing the middle age bracket, I’m a bit fascinated now by the idea of getting into progressively better condition while barely noticing.  

Yes, the preceding process takes longer than the traditional idea of getting in shape through goals like doing a half marathon in six months, but I believe it creates a much deeper foundation and can be, and dare I say it, more fun, because we aren’t killing ourselves to get somewhere next week, a month, or even six months as it’s about process itself.

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