3 keys to a non-sadistic workout…

I know it sounds funny to say but some people really are into pain!! Not this guy, I avoid pain for the most part. If my workout is causing me pain there is probably a good reason to alter my workout. This is true for everyone, pain is your bodies way of telling to to either slow down or STOP!! You can work out without hurting your body and damaging your spirit to succeed.

These are three things I have learned over the past four months of consistent workouts and year of life change.

1) start slow, I mean REALLY SLOW!
– ease into your workout with a warm up and stretch. Start out with a slow walk just to get the blood flowing a little, then stretch. Stretching is GREAT for your muscles and joints , feels good (once your finished), and keeps you from being injured. It’s not worth months of rehab or a lifetime of pain, just take five minutes and do it!

2) Next, slowly work up to your desired goal. It may take a year to get there or or you may get there in three months, you have a lifetime to workout, use it. Don’t be intimidated that you can’t get right on the treadmill and run a 10 minute mile pace for an hour. If you walk a 28 minute mile pace for 20 minutes and that’s it, you have done a great thing for your body. If you push yourself and you feel pain S-T-O-P. Pain is your body’s way of earning you before you get hurt. It ain’t worth it.

3) Share your experience. Reading about other people’s experience that is just like ours is encouraging. We think, “If they can do it so can I.” So, you just might be the inspiration someone else needs. Be honest about your experiences, it is great to go back and see how far you’ve come. It has been a huge encouragement to me, even though most people don’t leave comments it is still nice to go into stats and see that people are looking at your story!

Just take your time and enjoy the journey, listen to your body, and have fun!!!

For Now,
Steven

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