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Sore Muscles

2014-04-04 19:23 (comments: 0)

A few days ago I had an interesting conversation with a client who has a young daughter. He is trying to raise her to be able to be strong in face of a challenge. He is a “survival of the fittest” kind of parent.

His wife has a different philosophy: she is trying to teach the little girl to be able to listen to her own body and take her own decisions about what her physical abilities and limits are, and not to be pushed by other people’s expectations. She represents the “self-awareness” type of parenting.

This difference in methodologies brings interesting outcomes in daily life of this family.

Few days ago the father took his daughter for a long hike in the mountains. Next day, when she told her parents that her thighs hurt she was given two responses:

The father said: Well done Anna! Now you know that you have trained the muscles well and that now they have grown stronger. Great!

The mother said: This means that you have pushed yourself too hard and that you ignored the signs of your body telling you that. Now you have to take a break and rest, and next time remember not to strain your muscles too hard.

There is good stress and bad stress.

The good stress allows us to grow as we test our boundaries and figure out how far we can go. This type of stress allows us to grow with our challenges. This is where we find motivation because we see that the development is positive.

Bad stress is when we go too far or when we don’t take necessary breaks. 
The muscles grow and remain healthy when the tension and relief alternate. This is the positive stress.
Permanent strain leads to muscle damage which can result in a lower muscle performance.

How do you treat yourself? How do you treat your body, your mind and your soul? Do you use stress, or is stress using you?


It is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Exercise relieves stress. Nothing relieves exercise.

Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata

Sometimes the cure for restlessness is rest.

Colleen Wainwright

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