I was pedaling away in spin class the other day when I realized that a lot of things that I've learned in spin class can be applied to my every day life. I have to share these with you!
10. Every once in a while, you need to sit back down and have a drink (of water).
So often in life and in spin class I forget that I can just take a moment for myself, and it is something I struggle with daily. I remind myself to take a moment at work for an apple or a quick walk. I remind myself at home that I'm not alone and I can ask for help. I remind myself that when I can't breathe at spin class, that I should sit down and have a sip of water.
Speaking of water, I picked up a great new water bottle the other day at a cycling store.
It doesn't hurt that it's name is the same as one of my mother's favorite movies. Honestly I like it because it keeps the water cooler for an entire spin class and it's really easy to drink from. I don't have to remove my water bottle top every stinking time I want a drink now.
9. The right music can change everything.
I'm a music lover, it's how I was raised and I truly love the way it makes me feel. I can play a record from ten years ago or ten seconds ago and I can still remember how I felt the first time I heard it. I love that in spin class and in life, I can hear a song and it can push me up a hill that I've been too scared to face. (I dare you not to feel tough with this one!)
8. Just because everyone around you is standing up and huffing and puffing, doesn't mean you have to stand up to do it.
Some times in spin class, I take a quick peek around and realize that although the instructor has told us to stand up and peddle in position 3, I'd like to sit down and push myself harder in a seated position. I don't do it a lot, but sometimes I enjoy the heat and the burn in the tops of my legs when I leave my resistance set really high and push myself in this way. The same rings true for life. You don't have to face every hill exactly like the people around you, you can face it any way that you'd like.
7. The right gear or tools make all the difference in the world.
Oh man, never have more true words been spoken. From the padded shorts and spin shoes to the new heart rate monitor (that I haven't reviewed yet), the tools really make the ride better for me. Look around yourself, what do you think you need to make your life (or ride) easier?
6. Whatever you do, don't stop pedaling.
I don't know if you've ever had this happen to you in spin class, but I've done it a handful of times and it sucks: There you are at a heavy resistance and the song winds down, so you slow down to get your water and towel off your face but you don't realize that you've slowed to a complete stop. Now you look like an idiot because you're making that horrible face as you push your legs to try to start the bike pedaling again, and finally you give in and take off the resistance and stand up so you can get moving.
Really, it's true. Don't stop moving. If you stop, you've lost your power and momentum and it's a b*tch to get it back. So follow Dory's advice.
5. When the ride gets extremely hard, sometimes you have to stand up and get some momentum.
The same is true in life, you could sit down and make it through most of the drama it's going to throw your way but every now and then you just have to stand up and power through it.
4. Some things in life are worth sweating for.
No, really. It seems so simple, but so forgettable. Aren't you worth a little sweat? You sweat taking care of other people in your life, so why not yourself? I struggle with taking a couple of hours out of my schedule every week so I can sweat, but I feel so much better after I do. The final out come and the endorphins are well worth the pain of a sweat filled work out.
3. There is something about overcoming obstacles that inspires and strengthens friendship.
I look around during and after a spin class, and I see nothing but friends. These people have cheered me on, yelled for me to work harder, and high fived me at the end of a tough workout. The same is true for my non-spin friends, and I appreciate all of the support these people give no matter where they give it.
2. If you don't love what you do, you'll eventually stop doing it.
If I didn't love spin classes, I wouldn't buy 20 classes at a time. If I didn't love science, I wouldn't be a chemist. If I didn't love losing weight while still eating what I want, I wouldn't be a Weight Watcher. This seems simple enough, but too many times I've tried to force myself into doing something that I didn't love. I don't love all protein diets. I don't love to run. I don't love laundry.
Well, I guess I can skip everything but the laundry part.
1. Ride your own ride.
Man, I love this saying. I say it all the time! At work, I say it when people start complaining about how other people do their job. With my friends, I say it when I see people trying to tell my ladies how to live their life. In spin class, I say it to myself when I start to have self doubt. I'm on my bike, I'm in my shoes, I'm in my own head. I have to know myself and push myself accordingly.