Post subject: Re: Push through fatigue, pain and stressors!!!
Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 2:16 pm
Pain can be a hard thing to push though and it is not always necessarily good to push through it. Pain can be something that needs medical attention. Fatigue, on the other hand, is something that can definitely be pushed through. I'm going to spend some time talking about fatigue.
Some people have a hard time fighting through the fatigue when working out and probably give in to it more than not. They start to feel the burn and think that means it is time to quit, which isn't always true. To build muscle or to burn calories, you need to work until what is called "failure," which means one more rep past when you think your arms or legs (or whatever exercise you are doing) are going to break off. However, you need to be able to tell the difference between pain and fatigue. If you are a feeling a stabbing, shooting, radiating, or feeling like your joints are popping out of socket, you probably need to talk to a doctor. Otherwise, it is just muscle pain/fatigue and that is unfortunately exactly what you want when working out.
Some people don't like to workout or push themselves to feel the burn or fatigue because they don't like the feeling of being sore. You workouts are probably not going to be very effective if you do not ever feel that soreness feeling. If you're not ever sore after training, you do need to stimulate the muscle more effectively to get it to grow.
Breathing is a very important part of fighting fatigue. If you are breathing irregularly or holding your breath while exerting yourself, you are limiting the supply of oxygen available to your muscles and your brain. Learning to breathe from the diaphragm and to breathe regularly even under demanding physical conditions should be a priority for your training.
I found posted on a National Geographic article that "Recent research suggests that feeling fatigued is not a true indication of muscle failure but a sensation created by your nervous system to keep you from overexercising. The problem, however, is that your brain often underestimates what your body is capable of and will even shut you down preemptively, if you let it.
The study showed that fatigue is often a psychological construct rather than an absolute physical condition -- something that your brain creates when you start exercising, and then adjusts according to how long you train or compete," says Alan St. Clair Gibson, associate professor at the University of Cape Town. To get the most out of your body, you must reset how your nervous system perceives fatigue."
Here is one way to work on the mental fatigue:
The fact that fatigue is often only in your mind means that you can choose to ignore it. Next time you are working out and your muscles are failing, and you are thinking that there is no way I can continue at this pace say to yourself, in a crisp, clear voice, Thanks for the warning, but I'm going to relax and keep on going. When you acknowledge that this fatigue is a normal sensation associated with working out and exercise, the mind accepts it and you are liberated to push onward.