One minute at a time

By Caroline Klapper | Feb 05, 2013

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve probably clued in by now to the fact that exercising is not my favorite thing to do.

However, in the interest of getting in better shape and achieving a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been trying to work out at least four to five times a week. I take a few classes at Waynesville Recreation Center. I go running, and sometimes I fit in some extra stomach crunches or stretching if I have the energy and motivation.

I also play mind games with myself.

My favorite is a sort of mantra I have to keep myself going. I say, “You can do anything for one minute.”

As I work myself to death on the treadmill, the one-minute thing comes in handy.

Right now I’m working on a 5K training program, and it calls for intervals of running and walking and some other muscle building exercises. My trouble comes in during the longer running intervals. Endurance is not my forte.

So five minutes into a 10-minute run, I find myself thinking, “You can do anything for one minute.” Whether it’s increasing my speed or making myself run on an incline (a must if I want to run outside around here when the weather warms up), I try to hang on for that minute and then try to hang on for one more minute, until eventually, those 10 minutes are up.

Sometimes the one-minute mantra is just about not stopping even when I really, really want to — because I know I can run for at least one…more…minute.

Of course, I can’t really do anything in that minute, and I know that. I’m not suddenly going to be able to dead lift hundreds of pounds a minute at a time. But within my attempts at improvement in my regular workouts, the one-minute mantra helps.

There are times when even going for one more minute seems impossible, and on some of those occasions, I just can’t do it. For the most part, though, I’m able to challenge myself, or at the very least, just keep going for one minute at a time.