Saturday, July 18, 2009

Can Your Brain Fight Fatigue?

Your brain has to get used to suffering so it knows the body isn't in trouble. If the brain is telling the muscles they're working too hard and you should stop, then it's hard to break through that stage when playing soccer let's say.

However, if you train, if you get in shape - meaning your brain gets used to working hard, then you won't feel the pain and want to stop. From the NY Times:

“I think the training effect of this theory is potentially very profound,” Tucker says. “Training is no longer simply an act of getting the muscles used to lactate or teaching the lungs how to breathe harder.” It’s also about getting your brain to accept new limits by pushing yourself, safely. “Once your brain recognizes that you’re not going to damage yourself,” Foster says, “it’ll be happy to let you go.”