Just took my bicycle out for the first ride of the season. I am out of shape. I actually felt a little nauseated at the end, so pretty sure I pushed myself too hard even trying to take it fairly easy. It was one of those things where it was easier to push through it than to stop, rest, and get up the motivation to get back on. Maintain forward momentum.
I'm pondering whether that's an attitude towards exercise I should keep. It was very much encouraged in my old dojo, but that doesn't mean it's the best approach for me now. We were training hard four to six hours a week, finding and pushing our limits for strength, endurance, focus, precision. If that's what you're doing, then yeah, you work as hard as you're told to and you learn which physical discomforts are actual danger signs, and which are, to use Sensei's words, "weakness leaving the body."
But while pushing through those discomforts may be habit for me, doing it that way probably won't help my motivation to do it again next week, and the week after, and keep on doing it. And that's where the real gains are made with exercise; not a single, difficult session, but many sessions, over time.
So, pondering. And sipping some water until my stomach settles.