One of the things I talk to my clients about when it comes to training is that pain and discomfort is not something to be afraid of.
And that also goes for when we are working together to help rehab / prehab and every other hab that you can think of.
You see, after we have calmed things down it's important to then build the body and fitness levels back up. And that requires some levels of discomfort (usually in form of DOMS or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
And this is ok.
Pain and discomfort is the body's way of telling you something different is going on. And if we always hide from that then this will cause the body to become sensitised to the pain/ discomfort.
But that doesn’t mean we push and push and push.
It means we are sensible about how much discomfort is ok.
Hence the scale.
So if you are training and are feeling like a 1-4 the next day, great. If you're a 5-6 maybe back off a little as you probably did a bit too much too soon. And if you're hitting 7+ chances are you do need to take some active rest until the levels drop a bit.
This isn't perfect science, and yes it is subjective.
But the whole point of this post is to let you know that SOME discomfort is going to happen. And it's ok. It's ok.