Growing up I have always heard the phrase, “No pain, no gain”. It was often referred to working out, referring that you need to feel pain to know that you were burning calories. If it didn’t hurt then you didn’t work right, so you continued to execise and push yourself until you could feel the “Burn” aka pain.
What dodo actually came up with that philosphy and of course everyone else who followed that philosphy, like me, the dodo folllowers.
When you feel pain it’s the way of your body screaming “OUCH, STOP IT! You are doing something wrong. You’re damamging me”.
When you feel pain you are suppose to stop not continue on.
There is a difference when working through a tightness or a stiff muscle, but when it hurts STOP!!!
A little soreness is expected when you workout, but pain is not nor should be an expected result.
This is a hard lesson that I am still learning and it is still so hard to get that years of reinforced training out of my head.
I have took it upon myelf to do my own rehabalitation, I go to the local pool. I try to push myself everyday to see what I can and can’t do. I will do something and it will hurt, instantly my mind thinks, “Oh, just keep going; you can work through it.” Then my mind counterstrikes, “No, you are having pain. STOP!”
I have to float in the pool as my mind battles it out with itself, this can last anywhere from a few seconds to minutes. Believe me it could last longer but the pool is only open for a limited time frame.
Soreness can result a day or two after your workout, and sometimes even five days. Why?? Your body is still sore days after your workout becuase doing your workout you cause microscopic tears into the muscles. DON’T PANIC, these tears are normal and a natural part of the normal growing process which leads to increased muscle strength, once repaired. The soreness is actually the healing process that your muscles are doing to repair the tears. This process causes you to feel sore: a dull, slightly uncomfortable ache in your muscles.
Pain on the other hand, is very uncomfrortable. Oten it is a sharp, stabbing, shooting sensation in your bones, joints and/or muscles.
When you exercise and you feel:
- Sudden and severe pain with or with out swelling(as some swelling may be where you can’t see. For example, you hurt your back, you can’t neccassirly see the swelling in your verterbae, but it does not mean that the sweeling is not there).
- Extreme tenderness or extreme weakness in a limb
- The inability to place your weight through a limb, like a leg, foot, arm or wrist
- Numbness or tingling
- The inability to move a joint through the full range of motion
- Also feeling any of these symptoms in other un-exercised parts of your body(AKA referred pain), for example feeling low back pain from doing abdominal exercises (you may be peforming an improper form, so why would you want to continue).
Then STOP!!!! You are in pain, do not go forward, do not pass go. STOP!!
Listen to your body. If it is sore, Then RICE…Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate.
If you are in pain, then STOP, drop and roll your butt to a doctor.
Also Remember, Pain does not mean you end your journey…It is just a minor stall in one componenet that you will overcome.
I am under doctor’s care for my pain, but I am figuring out other things that I can do.
And so my journey continues………