SCIENCE TALK: training and pain

No pain, no gain! Right? You can’t develop your physics without experiencing some pain? NO and NO!!! Pain should not be a part of the training, fatigue and discomfort should be and they are a totally different thing. Experiencing pain during or after training is the body’s way to tell something is not okay.

Pain can be biopsychosocial or psychosocial. Biopsychosocial factors include peripheral factors such as injury, physical stress and tissue damage. Psychosocial contains emotions, thoughts and social stress. These interact often together. You might be stressed out of your daily job and be emotionally tired which affect your physical state of alertness, which again affect your training. You might perform exercises with poor technique as you feel tired already. It might begin treadwheel, where is not good end.

You will feel exhausted and tired after training and also during the training and that’s normal. Exhausting the muscles tissue is required to build stronger muscles. Tiredness and discomfort coming together with the fatigue, we can speak mental game here. Your brain asking you to stop, take it easy, and if you do so and let that tiny voice inside you head win and give up you won’t develop your fitness as much as you can.

You can’t train your pain away!

If you feel any pain, whether it is short and sharp and long-lasting, stop training immediately. Pain signals that you damage your body, you are doing something wrong, it can be due to wrong technique, too much physical stress, overtraining, etc. Don’t ever underestimate the sense of pain, seek help. Especially if the pain lasting long or you feel it every time during the training.

It’s always important to know what causes the pain, so it can be treated correctly. Some times the total rest is not the best options, you might need the light training and mobility exercises, and again sometimes you need bed rest.

  • Learn to recognise pain and fatigue.
  • Don’t ignore pain.
  • The longer you continue training with pain and the longer you ignore the pain, the more you harm yourself and prolong rehabilitation.
  • Seek help, if you feel pain.
  • Find the reason behind the pain.


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