How to “Listen to Your Body” When Working Out

Exercising can produce amazing results for your body. It has been proven to boost the immune system, improve your mood, boost your energy levels, help to control your weight, ward off certain health conditions or diseases, and help your sleep to be more restful. While exercise comes with many benefits, there may be a point where exercise becomes too much for your body. That is why it is of the utmost importance that you pay attention to the signals that your body is given off, and that you respond accordingly to those signals.

Not listening to your body’s warnings signs can cause some serious damage to your health. According to a study done by the University of Maryland Medical Center, nearly half of young males that have died while working out ignored previous warning signs from their body. Listening to your body’s warning signs can literally save you life in some cases. The symptoms to most be on the lookout for include: chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, an irregular heartbeat, and becoming dizzy or light-headed.

Listening to your body is important, but how can it be achieved? An article on theĀ Huffington Post points out that you need to tune-in to how your body is really feeling at the present moment. A popular quote that is often seen on social media or in the gym is “pain is weakness leaving the body”. While soreness can lead to muscle gain, you need to know your body well-enough to understand what is soreness and what is actual pain. For example, while exercising you feel a pull in your muscle like you never have before. If it hurts or is uncomfortable, then that is a sure sign of your body telling you to stop in order to prevent an injury. It is okay to stop the exercise that you are doing, or modify it in such a way that you do not feel that same discomfort.

It is easy to lose track of yourself and how to genuinely listen to what your body needs. It may be a skill that you need to retrain yourself to be able to do. When doing an exercise, stop and think to yourself about how it feels. The way you describe it to yourself will be an honest indicator of how it is impacting your body. Once you are able to listen to your body and properly respond to what it needs, then your exercise and training regime will be more effective.

Before starting any type of exercise routine, it is best to check with your doctor especially if you suffer from any sort of chronic health issue. Remember, it is better to get the all-clear instead of doing further damage to your body.