Vitality Sports Massage Says: ‘Listen to Your Body’
The body does give us ‘feeling’ feedback via sensory nerves. When you stretch or lift a weight consider the difference between good and bad pain. Good pain has a quality of release, a tight muscle being carefully stretched to establish a new resting length. In the context of aerobic exercise and ‘good pain’, we can begin to feel tired and it may feel like hard work but we continue to develop in our endurance. With an exercise programme, build up progressively, gain a ‘felt sense’ understanding of your breathing/ heart rate to work at a sustainable rate. When lifting weights, form is king and NOT bigger weights, if unsure get advice from gym staff, a personal trainer or me. Bad pain is sharp, shooting and may refer to other areas, learn to differentiate, avoid forcing and gradually cultivate a fuller body awareness.