You’re half way through an eight-round Tabata and you’ve had enough. You’re tired, your muscles ache and your coach’s motivational words are no longer reaching your ears. You’ve heard the expression “no pain no gain” many times but what does it mean and when should you stop? Working out is filled with challenges and in this article, Veritas Strength is going to look at how hard you should be pushing yourself. Sound like something you need some help with?, then book a free consultation, and let us help you get balanced! Pacing Yourself One of the important lessons in any form of exercise is learning to pace yourself. That requires a little forethought and strategy. For example, when you run a marathon, do you start out sprinting and giving 100% of your energy or do you hold back a little to maintain your energy? The same principles apply in the gym. For example, if you have a 40-minute workout and you’re not taking breaks then this may be the reason why you’re quitting early. Timed breaks can keep you moving faster in the long run. They can also prevent injury to your body. So, try a 10-second break between movements or a 30 second breathing stop midway through. Talk to your coach about how to best pace and plan rests. Pacing yourself and smart training also includes taking rest days for planned recovery. 3-5 days working out per week is great but you need those rest days sprinkled in to help your body to heal and grow stronger. Active recovery including foam rolling, stretching, slow steady cardio, walks, etc can help you recover, reset, and feel great! How Should You Feel? Many of us don’t really know the difference between challenging themselves and pushing themselves too far. If exercise is new to you then you may believe you have hit your physical limits earlier than you actually have. There’s usually more gas in the tank! Here’s a helpful checklist if you’re not sure. Early signs of physical exertion: ● Feel that your heart rate is elevated ● Are sweating or at least feel hot ● Momentary feelings of dizziness or nausea ● Feel an ache or cramp in your muscles ● Feel a little discomfort or tiredness When to stop and talk to a coach: ● You feel pain in a certain part of your body ● Your dizziness or sickness persists longer than a few minutes ● Your heart rate is irregular or excessively fast ● You experience any sharp or unexpected pains Above all else, it’s important to understand the difference between discomfort and pain. Pushing through pain is not what we suggest and we need to help you to learn where YOUR limits are. We set up our training programs around decreasing and minimizing your risks of injury. No one wants to set out on their health and weight loss journey only to get injuries. An important value at Veritas Strength is safety. Ready to start you health and weight loss story? Veritas Strength wants to hear from you! Book your free consultation, and let’s get you started!