Just when you think pain is bad, you hear these lyrics by John Mellencamp: “Come on baby make it hurt so good, sometimes love don’t feel like it should; you make it, hurt so good.” Of course not all pain hurts quite that good, but it does serve an important purpose in our life. For decades within the health and fitness profession, a common, old-school adage has been: “No pain, no gain.” In terms of functional training however, that’s actually an outdated mentality. Pain isn’t the only requirement to building a strong and fit body. In fact, the wrong kind of pain, such as doing an exercise incorrectly, can make matters worse. To achieve results, yes intensity level is important, but there are a magnitude of factors that also come into play when pursuing your health and fitness goals. This includes performing an exercise with the proper form, correcting any postural distortions, building core strength, developing cardiovascular endurance, improving neuromuscular efficiency, increasing flexibility and eating properly, just to name a few.
That being said, pain is still likely to occur at different phases in the transformation process—your muscles might burn during exertion or become sore for a few days after a rigorous work out. But this is good pain and it has several benefits. The right training strategy can help you build lean muscle tissue which in turn, increases bone density and offers protection against osteoporosis. When you’re following an integrated program, then pushing through that last grueling repetition in a set is worth all the pain and effort. Eventually, it will make you stronger, tone your muscles and speed-up your metabolism. Furthermore, as the ratio of fat in your body composition decreases and your muscle increases, you’ll start to look better in your clothes!
But that’s not all. Remember, optimal health includes all dimensions of our well-being—the mind, body and spirit. Consequently, the more we learn about pain, the more we realize it can manifest in various forms. Can you recognize the difference between good pain and bad pain? When others lie, cheat, steal and commit heinous crimes that also causes pain, but do you know what type? Is your pain mental, emotional, physical or spiritual? Unjust situations inherently bring on a great deal of emotional pain. Initially, our emotions run high as we feel deep outrage toward the perpetrators. Do we have enough emotional intelligence to deal with these raging emotions?
Whether our pain is good or bad, it always provides us with a signal. For this reason, pain is beneficial. For example, if a friend becomes hurtful and jeopardizes our trust in the friendship; that pain is sending us a message; it’s probably time to cut those emotional ties. Sometimes, we fail to read the messages. However, to be healthy emotionally and benefit from any of the pain we experience in life, we need to use emotional intelligence. How do we develop emotional intelligence? Many lengthy manuscripts have been written on this subject, but The Proactive Health Solution breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand. Read this enlightening book and learn how to implement this important PHS principle. It will improve the quality of your life. Click here to order your copy today!
Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
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