The “No Pain, No Gain” Myth

Warrior House News | By Dana Gore
Posted: 26/06/2015 11:06GMT | Updated: 4 years ago

Over the years, I have taken notice of certain thoughts, suggestions and ideas that have permeated the minds of humanity.

We hear phrases that we believe to be an objective truth when in reality; such ideas may be anything but true.

And when it comes to health and fitness, there is one phrase that comes to mind that I’m going to address today – not only because it isn’t true, but because it’s actually quite dangerous.

That phrase is “no pain, no gain”.  

Here’s why this needs to be discussed.

When it comes to fitness, we’ve been taught to believe that exercise is supposed to hurt in order for it to be considered effective.

We all know that working out is challenging on some level. In order for the body to make the changes necessary to promote weight loss and strength gains, we need to encourage our muscles to grow and our heart to work smarter. These activities provide the physiological changes that produce the effects that we want, and that’s fine.

This may result in some physical discomfort, however, there’s a difference between “good” and “bad” exercise pain. This needs to be understood if you want your fitness program to be a successful one.

Good exercise pain can include some muscle soreness and fatigue. You might “feel the burn” while performing certain exercises, and you’ll certainly feel challenged. You may feel as though you’ve worked your muscles to their capacity, but in no way felt alarmed by your activities during your program.

The overall feeling is that you may have experienced some discomfort, but generally speaking, you’ve had a great workout that leaves you feeling rejuvenated and unharmed.

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Bad exercise pain shows up in the form of impending strains, sprains, tears and cramps. It’s your body’s way of letting you know that you are doing something wrong, or perhaps too much of something.

This type of pain alerts you to the fact that if you were to continue to do what you’re doing, you’ll hurt yourself. When it presents itself, you must stop what you are doing immediately – as trying to work through it could lead to some painful and unforgiving injuries.

Exercise is supposed to be a rewarding experience that offers you a lifetime of well-being.

Understand and respect the different types of exercise pain and always listen to your body. You’ll be glad you did!

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Source – http://www.webmd.com/fitness-fables

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Dana Gore

Dana Gore

Health and Fitness Professional and Writer at I Choose Awareness
Author of "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)"
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