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OftenBen  ·  478 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fear Avoidance

This model is part of why I had such a hard time getting into exercise. Exercise was painful and embarrassing, so I never did it. So then, when I did try, it was painful and embarrassing.

As much as I can, I try to not let physical pain determine whether or not I do a thing. That of course assumes that not all pain leads to lasting harm, which I think is true.

My approach to cardio is still pain-centric. Or, malaise-centric I guess. The logic goes

    I don't feel good, I don't want to bike

    Will not biking make me feel better? No

    Am I going to feel not-good regardless? Yes

    Better for that not-good-feeling to be productive than unproductive, go bike



ButterflyEffect  ·  477 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's how my brain initially worked with running. About a year and a half later it has been rewired to:

    What is this pain

    Something which will last? If yes, finish run. If no, ignore.

Going through the pain has become an enjoyable experience when the pain isn't anything that will linger.

OftenBen  ·  465 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Going through the pain has become an enjoyable experience when the pain isn't anything that will linger.

Man I hope that I reach this point in the not-too-distant future.