Few people push their bodies past their physical limits like Olympic athletes, who've proven over and over that when it comes to endurance, strength, and speed, our bodies are capable of far more than we ever thought possible. What if we could learn from these athletes and incorporate their best practices into our workouts?
Our physical limits are both physical and mental. For instance, if your muscles aren't conditioned to lift twice your body weight, they will tear if you try.
However, this doesn't mean that it's impossible. You need to train your body to withstand the pain that comes with pushing your body incrementally towards achieving that goal while simultaneously recalibrating your brain's self-imposed limitations.
Your physical limits are just as much mental as they are physical. Your brain tends to say "enough" before you reach your actual limit because its primary goal is to protect and keep you safe. Your brain works to keep you within a safe comfort zone.
As such, pushing past your physical limit is as much about believing what's possible as it is about physical performance. This is why runners use less energy and can run longer and farther when they imagine feeling relaxed.
For example, if you're a runner, start incorporating cycling or swimming into your workout sessions. Cycling will strengthen your heart and leg muscles, which will come in handy when you're running. On the other hand, swimming provides a total body workout while giving your joints a rest.
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