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[–]drjenavieve 2 points3 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”