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The no pain no gain exercise myth


Pain should not be part of your routine. AP Photo/ Fitnessanywhere

You've probably heard someone say, "No pain, No gain," but this commonly used phrase is a myth in the world of fitness and health. 

When exercising, there should be a level of discomfort, but nothing should hurt.  Pain is a sure sign that you're doing something wrong which in turn means you can expect injury to soon follow. 

Once injury follows, continuing to workout can cause permanent damage to the body.  This often happens after a muscle is torn during incorrect weight lifting.

If you are experiencing pain in the joints while exercising, you could be doing an movement wrong or at the wrong level.  For example, a squat can hurt the knees if the knees are not kept behind the toe line.  A leg extension machine can hurt the knees if the weight stacks are set to high for the muscles to handle causing a strain on the joint. 

It is alright to feel sore the day after lifting weights or doing unusually intense exercise.  Mild soreness is normal after weight lifting because the body is repairing mirco-tears acquired during exercise.  Remember that while sore, you should cease exercising any part of the body that is experiencing the soreness to avoid injury.

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