The “No Pain No Gain” Approach Can Get You into Fitness Danger

Posted 01/18/2013 | By HealthCorps

It’s the mantra of many exercisers and their trainers, who believe that you have to lose copious amounts of sweat and experience severe inflammation and pain after a workout, in order for your workout to be effective.

Often times, you are encouraged to push beyond common sense limits, to meet lofty exercise goals.  It’s not really a good idea and it can result in severe electrolyte imbalance, injured muscles and joints, and mental burnout.  If you’re injured, you can’t work out, so why take the chance?

Two solid exercising principles are cross-training and interval training.  Cross training encourages you to switch off between different kinds of aerobic equipment or aerobic training routines, so that you challenge your body in with constantly changing modalities of exercise, and you avoid “getting used to” the same exercise efforts.

Interval training encourages you to improve your overall aerobic fitness and burn more calories, by introducing variable resistance or speed challenges within a workout of a set time duration.  If you are doing an hour of jogging on a treadmill you might introduce two minute faster runs every eight or nine minutes.

If you feel mild discomfort or pain, 24 to 48 hours after a workout, every now and again that’s fine.  If you feel intense pain every time you workout, chances are you will burn out or sustain an injury.

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