Weights or Cardio? Life Lessons I’ve learned from working out

I love going to the gym, I really do. But I’m a lover of the spin studio or anything that gets my heart racing immediately. Immediately! I have a number of friends who have successful personal training businesses that tell me the importance of weights. I believe them. Bone density, fat burning, general health. I’ve even done the research myself. Yet, when I’m looking at the lat pull-down machine and the spin studio music starts, I just can’t help myself. Short term pleasure wins over long term gain…

Short term pleasure vs long term gain

You see, I would rather the buzz of cardio over the long term benefits of weights. Even though I KNOW how beneficial lifting weights is. Even if only for 30 minutes (15 minutes longer than a spin class). But it doesn’t FEEL like I’m doing much. My heart isn’t racing! I don’t have that shaky, spinny feeling that I get after a great cardio workout (your legs are supposed to feel tingly, right?). It’s more attractive to spend time either running or cycling or rowing or equally huffy puffy…

Weights and Cardio in Life

So, how does this play out in other areas of my life? (a great coaching question, by the way…). If I’m to be honest, I thrive on the activity that generates the most movement or excitement. The one that feels the busiest. I tend to put off the tasks that don’t feel like I’m getting much benefit in favour of the tasks that get my heart racing. So, how is that working out for me? (another great coaching question) Well, not always great, to be honest. I have found that the times that I have invested in the thinking, the strategy, the planning, and the general “weights” related activity, I have got the most benefit. But not immediately. When I simply run from one busy task to another, I find I am getting a lot of short term benefit but nothing else.

Some short term pain for long term pleasure

So, I’ve learned to strike a balance. I do weights, but break them up with a surge of effort on the rowing machine in between sets. And the same goes for other areas of my life. I fulfill my need for “busyness” by doing short term surges, then balance off with what I have started to call “investment activities”. They don’t feel amazing but I know that they will pay off in the end: business development, writing manuals, doing my social media strategy. I won’t say I’m an expert, but I know where the results are and I know where I need to focus. And I’m getting better. That’s pretty good as far as I’m concerned.

How much of your time is taken up with “busyness”? Could you benefit from more weights? What could you do that would improve your productivity in the long term? Share below using your favourite button!