Updated: Apr 7, 2020
What am I feeling?
Burn - this is good!
When pushing your body, you’ll start to feel what we call a burn, in your muscles.
The burn will be in whatever muscle group/groups you are working. For instance, if you are doing squats, you will feel a burn in your quads and booty. If you are doing a shoulder press, you will feel a burn in your shoulders and back.
The longer you exercise, the more intense the burn will get. Now, keep in mind that the burn is good, but you don’t want to overdo it. Exercising too much too soon can cause injury, lack of sleep, irritability, and can even set you back in your workout goals.
Pain - this is not good!
Pain will often show up first in joints and/or previously injured muscles. Especially if these areas weren’t properly rehabbed or if they have not totally recovered, they will be much more susceptible to pain and injury.
One of the easier ways to tell the difference between a burn and pain is that pain is usually, sharp and quick in one specific spot. It’s probably something that will make you immediately stop what you’re doing. Please don’t make the mistake of pushing through pain.
We don’t all have previously injured areas, so you should be aware that pain can also be brought on by doing too much too soon; such as weight that is too heavy or executing too many reps. If working out is new to you, take it slow and give yourself time to build strength.
How do I know when to push through?
Push through the burn!
When muscles start to fatigue, you are working, growing, and changing! If you never feel a burn, you aren’t working hard enough and you’re not going to get the results you’re looking for. You’ve got to feel the burn to make progress.
Exercise creates microscopic tears in muscles – which might sound like it’s not a good thing, but the process of rebuilding those tiny little tears makes your muscles stronger. Once you stop working out and your body recovers, it rebuilds those tiny tears in your muscles and you this process creates a more powerful you!
Stop for pain!
Pain is the body’s way of saying “STOP!” Don’t ignore it.
Pushing through pain can cause further damage. Whether you have an old injury or the pain is something new, not listening to your body’s warning signals can exacerbate the pain and cause serious issues. You can tear a muscle, sprain a ligament, or cause stress fractures. These injuries aren’t worth pushing through pain.
If you have an area that is painful, this is going to require rest and recuperation. Stop what you are doing and evaluate how you feel. Sometimes, you may only need to modify the movement – but sometimes you may need further evaluation of the injury to make sure there is nothing serious going on.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of how to listen to your body, workout without fear! Push till you feel that burn and you grow and change – a true sign of a Moxie Mom!