Enjoy the Ride: Mix it up
Pain is a cue. Ask yourself with your workout: Does it hurt? Or is it hard? Does it feel bad to my body? Avoid pain and injury. Go into the challenge.
Pain does not equal progress or productivity. In fact, the body (and psyche) remember noxious stimuli and unpleasant experiences. Think of how you respond to more positive cues, from being outside in an environment you love; listening to pleasant sounds like music, wind in trees; smelling sage, coffee, your favorite things. You want to repeat them. You work for them.
Because we remember our training challenges, perhaps with negative associations, perhaps with positive, it’s a good general rule to mix up training. Try something new, maybe just on a temporary basis. See if it works for you.
Your next challenge
Over the last 10 months, I’ve tried CrossFit, Olympic ring training, and now I’m hooked on bouldering. At first, my ego got in the way, thinking that if I spent less time under the weights, as I did for the first 5 months, I’d lose size and strength. Wrong. I’ve never looked or felt better. Between climbing, martial arts, and weight training, neither my mind or body ever get bored.
Experiment with activities that do not compromise your current program for reaching long-term goals and the next level in your athletic performance. Maybe your new activity will even complement. If it works, add it to the mix!
You’ll benefit from:
Less burnout from overtraining
Greater body awareness
Less adaptive learning in the body (things getting too easy)
Stimulate muscle growth
Stimulate new neuro-learning
Rest and recovery from consistent HIT, or killer workouts, etc.
Be safe (obviously) and develop a solid foundation if the movements are totally foreign.
Enjoy the ride. It should feel good for the soul.
heal. move. evolve.