Training Through Pain

I do not enjoy inflicting pain on myself in any form or shape. Despite this, my tolerance for pain is fairly high. As a child, I went almost twenty-four hours without crying with a broken hand. Recently I injured my hand while doing a pull-up. I was not ready, and I pulled a tendon. Soon after, I went back to strength training on a regular basis. What I found was that once your muscles warmed up, the pain went away. Many Doctors advocate training, exercising, running or some form of physical activity to overcome injury or suffering. Runners will tell you of the runners high which come despite painful shins or other body parts. People who are physically active have similar thresholds of pain as those who do not, but far greater tolerance. The higher tolerance is important for you.

Imagine you have arthritis; it can be extremely painful. Your joints hurt and most sane people would want to refrain from all forms of physical activity. Instead, physical activity, such as strength training helps build the strength in your muscles and bones and over time helps relieve pain. The Arthritis Foundation recommends that you train your legs, biceps, back, triceps and chest. Harvard suggests that you schedule your training for that time of day when inflammation is lower. Also, that you warm up before engaging in anything strenuous.

Running, swimming, walking, cycling or even Tai Chi are also beneficial. This axiom repeats itself over multiple physical ailments ranging from fatigue to debilitating physical ailments. In most cases, physical activities, for even thirty minutes a day, that are moderately or actively vigorous help. Research studies have also shown that training through physical pain helps not just the pain itself but also makes you mentally tougher. Who knows you may discover that the boundaries of your limits were only in your mind.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.