A burning sensation. A sore sensation. An achy sensation; like little reality checks for the infrastructure of our senses, and the carpentry of our design. Perception is everything says the physicist, and perception can redefine attitudes. Attitude is everything, says the optimist, and the right attitude can help you embrace your workouts, rather than fear them.
The term sensation can also be used as a synonym for inventory. When muscles burn, when they are sore, when they ache just a bit, that sensation is a great inventory of what we are made of – a nice reminder that we’re made of stuff more tangible than the attitudes and egos we cast about us each day. We are made of flesh; something we forget too often in this highly advanced era we live in. Flesh needs cultivation to flourish, and sensation reminds us of where we stand in the cultivation process.
Most of the people I work with are over 40 – including myself. Many of my clients are over 60. I have some clients into their 80’s, and a few who are young enough to be my children. Regardless of age, most of my clients (myself included) experience regular periods of muscle burning, onset muscle soreness, and muscle occasional aches. I am okay with this – even for fitness enthusiasts into their 80’s, for this is not true pain.
When one challenges the human machine regularly, one can expect to experience some level of these sensations – especially in the beginning, or if we step away from our exercise regimen for a period of time. The more regularly we exercise, the less we will succumb to such sensations. However, as the routines of our exercise change (and they should), new exercises are introduced (and they should be), or workout cadence and pace changes (and it should), such sensations can manifest during and post-workout for a day or two.