You know that moment when you're in a workout session and you reach breaking point? You're sweating, your breath is escaping you, and your heart feels like it might beat out of your chest?
It happens to me when I'm running sometimes. The discomfort creeps in, my muscles clench up, and form seems to go out the window. Nowadays, it's rare that I get to that point, but if you promised yourself pre-session you were going to push yourself to your max, once you arrive at this point it's important to push that comfort barrier and get there. After all, a tough workout is a great way to be present with your body. It's a bit like mindfulness in that way, and while the promises you make to yourself are the easiest ones to break, in many ways they're the most important ones not to.
Of course, not every workout session needs to be a struggle, but if you're aiming to challenge yourself, some of them will be. And whether you're training for a marathon or just pushing yourself through that last set in the gym, there will be times during a hard session when you're ready to throw in the towel - but don't sell yourself short.
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