While I was at university in Aberystwyth, Wales, I would go to a weekly spin cycle class. There were about 15 exercise bikes in a room, all facing an instructor who had her own bike. We would then proceed to cycle for around forty minutes on this stationary bike. My instructor would describe a local route for us, so that we could imagine what resistance we needed to use, if we were on proper bikes.
Since we all had our own bikes and since we were only imagining that we were cycling, we could choose the resistance on our individual bikes. A low resistance makes it easier to cycle and a high resistance makes it harder. If you had enough energy and wanted a good work out, you could choose to cycle in a high resistance. On the other hand, if you were feeling more fatigued and a bit weak, you could choose to cycle in a lower resistance.
I am beginning to think that it is possible to draw imagery from this cycling class that is applicable to real life. There are times when we feel full of passion and motivation; we just want to “go for it.” There are other times in life where we find it mentally and emotionally challenging to just do ordinary, daily chores. Wherever possible, I believe, that we need to be willing to change the resistance in our lives.