Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You body is probably the best friend you have. It will always give you good advice. Muscle heads proudly wear sleeveless shirts that proclaim "No Pain, No Gain" Better advice might be "No Pain, Fine With Me!"
We really need to make a distinction between aches and pain. When you use a muscle or muscle group beyond what it is used to, you will feel the stress and strain in the muscle but this is not really pain. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is not right. If you did not experience pain, you wouldn't know to take your hand out of a fire for example.
The tendency is to "suck it up" and "don't be such a wimp" but this is often the worst advice. Once you can identify the difference between a signal that you are in uncharted territory and real pain, you can respond appropriately.
If a muscle aches for a day or so after a new regimen, that is normal but if it goes beyond an ache and becomes a real pain, it can be a signal that something bigger is happening like a strain pr a stress fracture. Know the signals.
If exercise makes you extremely short of breath or light-headed, back off a bit and build up to the level where you can continue comfortably. For aerobic exercise, observe the talking and singing rule. You should be able to talk but not necessarily sing during your workout. This will put you in an appropriate aerobic zone.
Listen to your body