Embrace The Pain
“Pain is always a signal that your body is trying to get your brain to pay attention to something. The trick is to distinguish between pain that’s dangerous and pain that just comes with pushing your body to the limit.”
-Carrie Cheadle, a sports psychologist and author of On Top of Your Game
Change your perception of pain to increase your tolerance using these mental tools.
Accept the pain. Stop avoiding it or fearing it – accept that it’s part of training and it only lasts a moment. Write a list of things you hate and love about training. Look at the two sides and ask yourself if you can accept the things you hate for the things you love.
Have a specific goal. It’s worth saying that you want to get into shape or lose weight but it’s important to be specific goal. Make a list of small goals that will get you to the final goal.
Relax! Psychological tension leads to muscular tension. Notice your posture when your nervous or stressed, there are major muscle group that stay flexed and tense. Find a mantra that helps you to relax or have a pre-training ritual.
Plan your response to critical moments. Think of parts of your training that might not go perfectly such as certain exercise or routines and plan a behavior around that moment.
Jene Shaw. “Embrace The Pain” Trathlete Magazine October 2015: 28.