7 Ways to Overcome Resistance to Pain

by Belinda on September 29, 2010

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Today I want to share about how to deal with pain and how it can be a sign that you are doing the right thing.

I had childhood asthma and my fear of that exercise-induced pain prevented me from exercising until I was 37 years old.  But then something happened…

I discovered the difference between good pain and bad pain. Good pain isn’t searing and long-lasting. It doesn’t rip into you and command you to stop. It’s not intolerable. If you’re out of shape and trying to run a mile,  you’re going to feel a little pain.

If you try to lift a weight you’ve never lifted before – and you do it to muscle failure – you’re going to feel a bit of pain. This sort of pain usually dissipates soon after you stop the exercise.

As for bad pain, well, I think you have a good idea of what that is. That’s the kind of pain that lasts for days and is a red flag warning. A little soreness the day after a workout isn’t bad pain, however.

Now let’s go over the seven keys of mental toughness that scientists have uncovered:

Key 1: Change Your Thinking. Stop thinking “ouch, it hurts!” Instead, think about how that little twinge you feel is a sign that you’re on track to getting awesome results.

Key 2: Improve Your Technique. Practice, practice, practice. Get a personal trainer and have him or her watch your technique. Once you get the hang of how to do an exercise, practice it in front of the mirror. As your familiarity with an exercise grows, so will your confidence, which will decrease the pain. Plus, good form helps you avoid bad pain.

Key 3: Know Your Motivation. Get clear about what you want to achieve. When you have a good, strong and emotional reason for wanting to achieve a goal, you won’t let a little thing like pain stand in your way.

Key 4: Believe in Yourself. Avoid naysayers and stick to positive beliefs about your abilities. Whenever you start feeling a little down, just look in your exercise journal to see how far you’ve come. Doing so will propel you to keep moving forward.

Key 5: Stay Focused. Forget about the people around you. Forget about being distracted by your emotional response to pain. Instead, give 100% of your mental effort to focusing on the exercise you’re doing and staying positive. Just remember that through this good pain comes fantastic results.

Key 6: Handle Pressure. Things will go wrong. Sometimes you’ll make mistakes. Andyou might want to beat yourself up for it. But when you do that, you’re opening your mind to accepting negative thoughts… and in turn, you let things like pain dictate your behavior.

Don’t do it. Stop fighting the pain and opening yourself to negativity. Instead, forgive yourself and move on when you make mistakes. Stay positive. And reaffirm that the pain you’re feeling now is a small price to pay for the grand results you’ll enjoy later.

Key 7: Mentally Prepare. As mentioned above, you don’t have to fear pain (as doing so makes it more likely you’ll experience it). However, you can prepare for it. Take a few minutes before each workout to mentally prepare yourself. Create a routine. It might be a simple stretching routine, special music, preparing your sports drink or reviewing your workout. Whatever works for you!

Remind yourself that you’re special because not everyone can do this. Remember that the burn is a sign you’re doing the right thing. And great results are on the way!

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Frank June 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Blog is like a public journal. But journal should be private. So blog is not really a journal, it’s a presentation of someone’s thoughts to the public. Why do people do this? Because they want to be noticed. Why do people want to be noticed? Because their parents told them they are worthless pieces of recycled plastic materials. They are looking for approval and ‘love’. Why do I do this? Because I would like to irritate some common sense into a ‘reader’. Interesting.

That being said, I’m here to try to get noticed as well. We all do it only the presentation is different. Most people are not willing to admit that they are doing their blogs for it. Most of them say they have something important to ‘share’ with public, be that knowledge, experience or simply photographs. Get real. This is not Disnay channel, it’s filled with insecure adults who are starved for attention and approval.


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