…What pain is the right pain?…

When it comes to working out, no matter how light or hard the workout, some people will experience some type of pain or discomfort.

If you have been out of a regular exercise routine for a long period of time, you will at some point feel soreness and other kinds of body aces.

The good kind of pain (what is to be expected):

You know the saying…”No pain, no gain” ?

well as stated in this article:

“Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) describes a phenomenon of muscle pain, muscle soreness or muscle stiffness that occurs in the day or two after exercise. This muscle soreness is most frequently felt when you begin a new exercise program, change your exercise routine, or dramatically increase the duration or intensity of your exercise routine.” 
This type of pain is a dull sore feeling that you will feel in your muscles.  This pain can be minimized by using a heat pack, taking an over the counter pain reliever, or using something like Icy Hot.
There is no definite way to treat muscle soreness, just ways to help minimize it.  That is why stretching is suggested so strongly before and after your workout to help you minimize how sore your muscles will be.   This kind of soreness will last approximately a week, but will decrease over time and when you get accustomed to a regular workout routine.
The bad kind of pain (one you should seek medical attention for)
If you ever at any time feel a sharp pain in your joints, your back, or in any muscle (that will not go away after slowing down or stopping your workout) stop what you are doing immediately!! You could have pulled or strained a muscle.  This type of injury is not immensely life threatening, but it can cause extreme discomfort and also hinder some day-to-day body movement/functions.  It is still advised to seek medical attention if this occurs to ensure that the injury is not too serious.
If you hear anything pop or snap, followed by extreme pain, again stop what you are doing!!! This can also be a serious injury to a joint, ligament, tendon, or muscle.  There are injuries such as a torn knee tendon/ligament, which will require surgery and rehab to help repair the injury.
If you ever feel light-headed or have chest pains, again STOP! You can also get sharp pain in your arms ( including other warning sings or indications of heart attack or other heart problems).  Like suggested before, it is advised to consult with your doctor to make sure you are cleared for working out.  If you are at a high risk for some type of heart problems then you might want to consider working out at a facility (as opposed to alone or at home) so there are trained professionals around you just in case something were to happen.
Here is a great saying that I have heard and found to be pretty useful:

“If the pain starts when you stop running, then welcome to the club. We all hurt. Pain is weakness leaving the body. (He’s a former Marine)

If the pain starts when you run and doesn’t go away in a few minutes when you’ve found your groove, then you need to either relax until it doesn’t hurt or stop.

If you ever get a sharp pain that isn’t just a rock in your shoe, don’t try to be a hero. Stop.”

Another common discomfort that I have been asked about is a strong itching sensation during/after your workout.  This strong itchy/irritation most commonly occurs in the legs/calf muscles.  This is best described as blood quickly flowing to the capillaries located throughout the muscle and skin.  If you have not worked out in a while, the have gotten smaller or may have collapsed all together.  When you start to exercise your body is trying to get blood and oxygen to those areas of the body and this can cause the uncomfortable itchy feeling.  Sometimes it is minor and you can keep running/working out to subdue the irritation.  But, sometime the pain is too much to handle and you can stop.  This can be expected the first few times you exercise.  This is just your body’s way of trying to accommodate the new excess of activities you are doing.  If this does not go away after a few weeks you should consult your doctor to make sure you do not have any other problems.  You can also read more about it in this article.

I hope this information will be helpful and useful while you begin your new fitness routines.
Please be advised!! What I say on this blog is mere suggestions and my opinion of what I have learned during my time at school.
It is always important to talk with a doctor to ensure you are ready to endure a fitness routine.

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4 thoughts on “…What pain is the right pain?…

  1. Kelly says:

    Hello 🙂
    I’m a new follower, I found your blog on Blogaholic, this post is really helpful. Especially because I wanna start a new workout routine soon (and its been a while) lol.

    I have a beauty blog, I hope you’ll check it out 🙂

    • Stephanie McGrew says:

      well i am glad that this was very helpful for you! let me know if you have any more questions and i will be glad to help you out! please stop by again!

  2. Flameheart says:

    Great blog and amazing layout! Also, love the tips.

    I often experience itchiness in my legs after exercising but I see now that it’s because I am so unfit and do not exercise often. Cool article:)

    • Stephanie McGrew says:

      yes! this is caused because of the blood flow trying to get to your muscles. 🙂 glad this article was of some help to you!!

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