Your impact zone

9 years ago

For the first time in a very long time, I wished I could just stop taking care of my body. I've been so busy at work, rushing from my bed to my desk and then back to my bed again, that my workouts have become a burden. Let's face it: working out is always difficult, but lately I've practically had to force myself to go to the gym, and then just couldn't come up with the goods while I was there.

In many sports, there is a point known as the "impact zone". This is the kick of the martial artist, the swing of the golfer, the surfer's wave. It is the point in action where all of your training, skill, and discipline come together and sort of take over. You can't think your way through the impact zone. Your performance is intuitive, automatic. It is the point at which you must let go and trust yourself.

I think I've been in my own impact zone lately. Demands at work have been great, and while I enjoy the challenge and the sense of accomplishment, it has taken all of my focus, concentration, and time. I face each evening drained and depleted, and a few hours of sleep isn't enough to replenish  me. So I've been running on empty, low on energy and enthusiasm. But this is also where all of my personal care, discipline, and strength training have kicked in and carried me through. It is because I have learned to push through when I don't want to, and to make growth and challenge a part of my every day life at the gym that I have had the skills and the zeal to do my work well during this time - without breaking down.

I will get my balance back again, and when I do, I will be more enthusiastic about my workouts, and maybe have a little more time to write, too. But until then, I am grateful that my years of training and discipline are paying off in ways that go way beyond the walls of the gym.

In strength,

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Julie Scipioni McKown is a certified personal trainer,a writer, and a singer dedicated to the ideals of personal transformation for optimum fulfillment, happiness, and fullness of life. Visit

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