Driving fast is not necessarily a good thing.
We want to get where we’re going as quickly as possible, but we also want to arrive safely. If we drive too fast, we may encounter all sorts of problems. If we drive too slow, we’re wasting time and may be causing traffic problems behind us.
Caution: Trouble Ahead
These principles can also be applied when we’re exercising. We want to improve, get stronger, and build more endurance as soon as we can, while simultaneously avoiding injury and staying healthy. Very often, these goals may conflict. It’s important to ensure that we’re exercising efficiently and making certain we’re deriving the greatest benefit from our exercise time. These benefits are obtained by a steady approach, one that focuses on incremental gains accomplished over time.
Any Form of Training Takes Time
It’s natural to want to arrive at a desired outcome quickly. But as with any other form of training, whether learning to play the piano or becoming a competent chess player, substantial time is required to produce long-lasting results. In the case of exercise, trying to hurry the process will usually cause an injury. You’ll be set back at least weeks, if not months, and you’ll have to start over, pretty much from the beginning.
As the Turtle Said, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”
By progressing slowly and steadily, you will build a solid base and make consistent and possibly substantial gains in your exercise routine. You will get where you want to get safely and effectively. The long-term outcome will be enhanced health, wellness, and well-being.