You can control the intensity of each workout with your own effort. Do not push yourself past your limit everyday. You can only redline your engine so many times. This is how to keep your training life long.Pain increases cortisol and cortisol increases body fat. There is no benefit to working out in pain. Avoid the painful patterns and train the non-painful patterns. DON’T WORK THROUGH AN INJURY ! Work around it. Find out why your are injured or why a movement causes pain. Everything we do is fundamental movement, you should be able to do these pain free. Pain increases cortisol and excessive cortisol increases body fat. There is no benefit to working out in pain. Avoid the painful patterns and train the non-painful patterns. Athletic injuries can usually fall into 6 categories:
- Improper and/or deficient warm-up of joints, connective tissue and muscle circulation: A health-first fitness approach should decompress the joint capsules and restore synovial and ground substance flow; as well as release fascial adhesions restricted total mobility.
- Over-use and Repetitive Stress: Without performing a complementary or functional opposite training routine, over-compensations happen. The body only ever adapts specifically, and since we are held in a complex but delicate anti-gravitational balance, repeating ANY program or exercise to the exclusion of its complementary opposite leads inevitably to diminishing returns, plateau, regress, pain, injury, illness and eventually death.
- The use of anti-inflammatories and other pharmaceuticals to suppress pain signals: Using pain-killers to ignore issues only creates ignorance of impending injuries.
- Insufficient Recovery: Beginning your next intense training, sport or vocational session before fully recovering from the prior means a cumulative deterioration of your connective tissue resulting in an inevitable injury. Without active recovery methods (myofascial release, joint mobility exercise, muscle activation technique, etc) and passive recovery methods progress slows and begins to regress.
- Trauma: Actual performance in sports can involve “accidents” but whether you believe it or not, these injuries are highly predictable. They are not random, and are among the easiest to prevent should you be willing to bracket your ego and follow the guidance of your coaches or mentors.
- Genetics: specific skeletal frames were not optimally designed for certain activities; and although anyone can achieve anything, you can be prone to injury when you embrace an activity for which your genetics hasn’t optimally prepared you to engage.