Embrace The Hate
Being Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
“I hate this one.”
“This exercise never gets easier.”
“I do this but I hate this.”
“You like to see me struggle”
These are all common statements from fitness clients and physical therapy patients. They have complaints about certain exercise activities that are difficult, unsteady, aggravating, and just plain annoying. The activities that provoke these responses usually involve getting up and down off the ground, single leg biased training, carrying a weight, and / or pushing a sled.
These comments are usually followed by—
“..but I know they are helping.”
“I don’t have that pain anymore.”
“My legs are so much stronger.”
“I hiked in the mountains with my grandchildren.”
To make progress in rehab and fitness, you need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If your fitness regimen involves scented candles, soothing music, and nothing that makes you uneasy, then I doubt it has much value. Training challenges that restore movement skills, improve strength, and add muscle mass will create some discomfort. Developing the mindset that embraces the challenge makes all the difference.
Michael S. O’Hara, PT, OCS, CSCS
Learn how to keep your spinal stabilizers strong by performing side planks. Mike O’Hara explains this in his article, “Learning to Lean”, and includes video demonstration and explanation of the importance keeping your stabilizers strong to stand up to the demands of daily life. It’s time for another Fenton Fitness Love Your Jeans Challenge–see page 3 for more information. In his article, “The Periodization of Nutrition”, Jeff Tirrell gives tips on optimizing dietary intake.