Something that I have taken note of over the last few weeks is that the amount of time that it takes me to complete a particular exercise seems to be significantly less than it was when I first started. It really isn’t, but it feels like that is the case.
I know that I have improved my walking speed, for example, by approximately seven percent. I do go faster. Yet that is not what I am delving into here. What I am referring to is the concept – not the actual passing – of time.
When I ride my stationary bike, go for a stroll, or do a few sets of stomach crunches I am less in tune with the actual number of minutes that tick by than I was when beginning this journey. I do not realize that an hour has passed, but rather often estimate half that time when exercising now.
It is so strange to think about how I felt every single moment of my workout before. I would push that last little bit of energy that I had into finishing a five minute set or counting down the seconds until I reached whatever fitness goal I was attempting to achieve in that moment. I was very aware. Now I lose track of how long I have been at something and am constantly surprised to learn that I have been active much longer than I suspected.
The reality is that, yes, I am indeed completing most of my exercises in a slightly shorter time frame than I was in the past. This is not significant enough though to account for the speed with with my workouts appear to pass. I love that my mind is playing tricks on me! If I can just learn to apply this technique to my annual physical…