bad thing; it is your
body’s way of telling you to stop before you really hurt yourself. When you
burn your hand on the stove, the pain you feel tells you to move your hand, so
you do. It is the same when you are exercising—that pain you feel can lead to
even worse injuries, and you need to stop.
How many times has your gym teacher or coach screamed in
your ear “No pain, no gain”? A lot, I’m sure, to the point where you no longer
want to go work out. So you may be surprised to find out that this is a fitness
myth. Pain is a
Your new mantra
So how do you know you are exercising your body as well as
you can? The more accurate mantra you should be chanting while you are running
is “feel the burn.” The slight burning sensation you feel in your legs as you
round the block and are almost home is a good thing, and is a sign that you are
pushing your body without it being dangerous. Your muscles will adapt to your
workout regime, so it is important that you are still pushing yourself so you
can grow stronger and faster. Start with what you are comfortable with then add
longer distances and more sets.
Work out right
A little bit of soreness, unlike pain, is okay. If you wake
up the next morning and your muscles are a little tight, it is a sign that your
body is recovering from yesterday’s workout. If it gets to the point that you
can’t move, you might want to make your routine a little easier for a while.
That is why it is so important to start with what you are comfortable with and
build up to the more difficult stuff. If you can only do five push-ups, that’s
okay, and the next time you’re doing them try to go for six. You can injure
yourself through overuse, too. Concentrating too much on toning your arms a few
days in a row, for example, can be too hard on your bod. In addition to cardio,
pick different parts of your bod to work on, and rotate them so your muscles
have time to recover.
Take a breather
Every once in a while you need a day off. Don’t freak out if
you can’t get to the gym. Take an afternoon to relax, watch a movie, read a
book and go to bed early. If you are tired, you are more likely to get sick or
Remember working out is about helping you get healthy, and
you should feel good when you are healthy. So the next time someone is telling
you, “It ain’t workin’ unless it’s hurtin’,” remember that isn’t necessarily
the case. Listen to your body and it will tell you when something is too much.
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BY HANNAH HICKLEN ON 9/10/2012 4:33:00 PM
POSTED IN Love your bod, health, fitness, workouts