With mantras like “no pain, no gain” floating around everywhere for people working out it’s easy to see why they think pain is good. Newsflash it’s not! It should never hurt to work out. Sometimes, the line between pain and discomfort is blurred. So what do you do then? Read on to find out how to distinguish pain from standard workout discomfort.
Another thing to watch out for it is sickness. If you’re working out so hard that you actually vomit, you need to take it down a few notches. Its not a bragging right, it’s not a badge of honor, it’s not cool. You are doing your body more damage than good if you are pushing yourself to the extreme. Think of what happens when that feeling of nausea hits. Whether you want to or not, you’re going to stop and expel whatever was in your stomach. Seeing how your body’s whole goal was to make you stop, it won.
Point is you’re going to stop, whether you want to or not. This also applies to feeling dizzy, light headed, woozy or anything else along those lines. Sooner or later, you’re going to stop long enough to figure out what’s going on and that’s your body’s goal — to get you to stop doing whatever it is you’re doing.
In reading this short post, I hope you understand the importance of knowing when to stop. Pain is not something you should strive for in a workout. Pain is not an indicator of how “awesome” a work out is if anything is an indicator of poorly it was. Please exercise safely and have a lovely day!