Why Pain Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

training strategy Dec 05, 2015

Imagine your hand got zapped with a tiny electric shock each time you were about to pay with your credit card, even though you don’t have the money to pay it off right away. Some of us might be okay with that, right? What if it would zap you whether you’re paying for your groceries - which is of course a high priority - or you’re buying another pair of sneakers, in a slightly different shade of pink.

This warning zap could be a neat system, but of course you’d have to make a smart decision about when and how long to “endure” the pain ("I have to keep eating.”) and when to just avoid the pain altogether (“I don’t need any more sneakers.”)

At the same time I also have to put a plan in place to pay off my the credit cards. Ignoring the "pain” of debt doesn’t help.

In the same manner, pain during movement is actually a built in alarm system. We should be extremely grateful for pain. It tells us, “Watch out. Something’s not right!”

Unfortunately most of us think, “Ooooh that’s painful, I’ll stop. No more workouts.”

But then your body will start, slowly but surely, deteriorating, losing muscle strength, losing flexibility, elasticity, suppleness. Nooooo!

You can’t stop moving altogether. That would be the equivalent of sticking your head in the sand. You have to figure out a way to move without pain. And yes, it’s always possible.

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