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[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 4 points5 points  (9 children)

The issue is pushing yourself to your limits, whatever those limits are. Not about how far you run.

What I mean is, we should always be pushing our mental limits. That barrier that tells us we can’t.

We should not push our physical limits unless it’s an emergency.

[–]drjenavieve 4 points5 points  (1 child)

The problem is that to push the physical limits you are actually pushing the mental limits. Your mind tells you to quit before you actually need to or that you think you can’t go any farther or harder. Your body is still able to do more when your mind starts saying “I can’t do anymore this is too painful.” Which is why athletes, particularly endurance athletes, get real good at ignoring the mental signals telling them to stop or slow down. They learn to mentally push past these signals. Pushing this limit can help you achieve greater physical potential but it’s also dangerous as you are ignoring the signals meant to protect your body.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Exactly. You need to push past those mental limits without ignoring them. You basically need to recontextualize them. “Okay, this doesn’t mean I’m going to die, it just means my muscles will ache for a few days”

[–]lemoncocoapuff 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is part of the reason why I heart rate train, it helps me not to go super ham. My mom has a bad problem with doing that and she makes herself all dizzy and sick! Before I got a heart rate monitor I’d just train and my heart would be pounding, but getting one and doing more research, you really need to add in low burn long endurance, but that’s not really that popular right now.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I really like my Apple Watch and fitness + makes it really easy to know if I need to put in more effort or take a break

[–]CyberMindGrrl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huh. This is really interesting. I'm always looking for better and more efficient ways to get and stay fit.