Why we’re afraid to exercise: Soreness

It’s unfortunate that many people are afraid to go to the gym. Hopefully through this blog and my continuing effort to educate people about lifting weights (more exciting content coming soon), I have and will be able to make the gym, lifting weights, and exercise in general a less scary thing.

The saddest part for me, however, is that one of the biggest reasons why people are afraid of lifting weights or dread exercise in general is because they know it’s going to hurt, when it’s the hurt that really should be the biggest motivator for those looking to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Yes, exercising is going to hurt. But it’s a hurt like no other. The hurt shouldn’t be from pain because you’re breaking bones or feeling like your muscles are about to snap. If it is, get help from someone who knows what they’re doing, or go to a doctor. The pain I’m talking about comes from working hard. It’s a soreness and exhaustion that results from your body making changes, getting stronger, and recovering. This shouldn’t be scary, because the only reason why it hurts is because you’re body isn’t used to it and is getting stronger! Your body is telling you: “wow, I haven’t done this in a while” and is shocked. And, for those who do go regularly, it’s your body saying “wow, that was a really tough workout. That hasn’t happened in a while”.

Don’t be afraid of the soreness and exhaustion that comes with working out. Exercising is not meant to be easy. If it was, the whole world would be in shape. The point is that it is difficult and that you are making a deliberate choice to push through the pain to grow stronger and improve your life.

That is why we should actually look forward to the pain associated with working out. It means you did a good job. And the more you do it, the easier it gets and the less you feel the pain. Then, it gets really fun. Because it hurts less, and now, you’ll actually seek out ways in which you can attain this level of soreness again because you want to remember what it feels like and want to grow.

So don’t be afraid to exercise. Yes, it is absolutely, 100% going to hurt. But in a good way. And that’s a good thing. Because it will help you reach the goal of becoming a stronger, more healthier human.

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