We have heard this term time and time again, as well as many people living by it – “No Pain, No Gain”. However, sometimes pain can be a good thing and sometimes a bad thing. We are here to help you navigate between which pains could be good and which ones could potentially be bad.
This is the pain that typically happens when you haven’t used those muscles in a long time or push yourself past your comfort zone and the comfort that your muscles are used to working in.
What Good Pain Feels Like?
A crowd pleaser and one that we are all most familiar with is pain that is called DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). It’s muscle pain and typically feeling stiff as well which comes from micro-tears to the muscle tissue. This can be considered acute trauma to the muscles. DOMS can happen as soon as the day after, but typically shows up on day two and can stick around for 48-72 hours. DOMS is actually good pain to have when your goal is to gain strength and potentially gain size in your muscles. This can only be done a healthy way with good nutrition and recovery so that the tears repair a little bit bigger and stronger each time we put the muscle under the same stress.
Bad pain can show itself in many different ways. To name a few, if you are experiencing shooting pain, pain with swelling, sharp pain, and pain that doesn’t go away. If you are experiencing any pain that seems to resemble the ones listed above then you should seek out medical attention as soon as you can. Keep in mind that sometimes what seems like DOMS can actually turn into a bad pain when it doesn’t go away or feels a bit different than what your typical DOMS feels like.
How to Avoid Pain!
Sometimes sore muscles are simply unavoidable, something we strive for and is as a great reminder of the hard work you’ve put in with your training. Whether you are looking for DOMS or not there are some great ‘rules’ to live by each and every time you train. Start your training sessions with a dynamic warm-up and cool down with some post-workout stretches.
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