Today was just one of those days. Everything seemed to be challenging and nothing was going right. I kept wishing I was at home, playing outside in the warm sun, free of all stress and chaos.
But that wasn’t reality and I knew I had to power through. Do you ever have those days?
So here I am, finishing up my day at a Panera, sipping a hazelnut coffee and snacking on an m & m cookie, waiting for a meeting to start.
Lets rewind a few hours and start from the beginning-
I started my Wednesday with an intense workout…or that was what I was planning on. Wednesday mornings I go to a group fitness class called No Limits Cardio. Today at class, we had a substitute instructor. The sub started off by saying “Today it is all about quality or quantity.”
I’ve heard that statement before but it isn’t something I always keep top of mind.
Class turned out to still be a challenge but a different type of challenge. We did a set of exercises for 20 seconds each with a 10 second break in between. We continued this cycle for 60 minutes. The exercises were really challenging for me because I had to work on form, coordination, stability and control.
I am a cardio junkie who typically moves 50mph for a full straight 60 minutes. These exercises today, were slow and controlled and I was forced to use my brain to focus on quick movements with little force. I was doing fewer reps but each rep was solid and really well preformed. I was focusing on quality squats, lifts, tuck jumps etc. instead of the number of times I was preforming each exercise. Quality over Quantity.
After a unique but fun workout routine, I was off to work where everything was busy busy busy (which is a good thing).
Midway through the day I caught myself spending more time than usual on projects and focusing on fine details. Then I remembered….”Quality over Quantity.” I was making sure my work was completed really well instead of rushing through projects without much thought.
Sometimes at the end of the day, you have to realize its not always how much you do, it’s what you do.
I think some marathon runners think its really important to run several long training runs. These people focus on quantity over quality.
Other runners focus on fewer, faster runs with good recoveries. These people focus on quality over quantity.
I think my style leans more towards the quantity over quality side of things. But not today. Today I focused on a strong, controlled workout and the fine details.
Both strategies have their strengths and weaknesses. You choose what is best!