The biggest misconception about knee pain? That it has anything to do with pain at all – and it’s KILLING your results…
Yesterday, all the windows were wide open in the house (because it’s so hot here right now) and a wasp flew into the kitchen – or at least I thought it was a wasp.
It looked like one, sounded like one and was behaving like one, but there was something about it that made me look a bit closer.
Now, I’m not one to panic over a wasp being in my kitchen, I’m more likley to help it back out the house than freak out, so taking a closer look wasn’t a big deal to me and it turned out that it wasn’t a wasp at all.
But to someone who IS scared of wasps, this wasp-impressionist would have freaked them out.
They’d have panicked, started screaming and most likely tried to kill it.
And that’s a common reaction with injury pains too.
Not that you’d try to kill your pain – that’d be weird, you’d only hurt yourself more – but if you don’t know what’s actually happening in your body, then the only thing you CAN focus on is your pain.
The trouble is, pain is the LAST of your worries when it comes to results.
Because the same problem that causes your pain, restricts your performance.
What is it?
– you suffer from muscle soreness for ages after exercise
– it takes you ages to feel warm when you start to train
– seem to get nowhere when you go uphills
– your muscles feel like they’re made of concrete
– you fatigue really quickly
– you hate the idea of sitting still and doing nothing
– you don’t sleep well
– and much more
then you’re struggling with excessive muscle tightness.
And when your muscles are tight, your blood can’t get through.
Your blood carries the oxygen your muscles need for energy (restrict that and you’ll fatigue quickly).
It carries the nutrients your joints need to stay lubricated and to absorb shock properly (restrict that and you’ll feel like you’re shuffling rather than bouncing, which will lead to injury)
And your blood removes the toxins in your muscles that are a consequence of exercise, like lactic acid (restrict that and you’ll be sore for days).
But that’s actually not the end of it. It gets worse.
Because, if your blood flow is restricted, your heart has to work harder to get the blood through, which raises your heart rate, making your training feel harder than it needs to and putting you at risk of all sorts of heart related complications.
Now, I’m not trying to scare you.
I’m merely trying to point out that sometimes, you have to look beyond the first impressions.
Just like the wasp-impersonator yesterday.
At first glance, a black and yellow stripey flying insect signals a warning (especially if you’ve been stung by a wasp before) – but was that particular type of black and yellow stripey flying insect yesterday capable of harming me? – who knows.
And actually – who cares?
The reaction is the same anyway – get the black and yellow stripey flying insect out of my kitchen and back outside.
And it’s exactly the same whether you have pain or not.
It doesn’t matter.
The only things you need to know are:
1. Reducing muscle tightness will improve your performance
2. Failing to reduce muscle tightness will lead to pain
So if you want to:
– reduce muscle soreness after exercise
– spend LESS time warming up
– fly up the hills
– have soft, supple, yet very strong muscles
– increase your endurance
– be able to relax more easily
– sleep better
– and much more
then I’ll have to let you into a few little secrets…click here to discover 3 Secrets the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About Fixing Your Own Knee Pain
and remember, you don’t need to be in pain to start benefitting!