Eliminating Exercise Pain

As a physical therapist and fitness professional, I can tell you there is a huge difference between being sore from workout routines and exercise pain.  One of these responses is completely healthy and normal, while the other is a sign that something may be seriously wrong!

Sore From Workout? Good. Exercise Pain? Bad!Being Sore From A Workout is Good, But Exercise Pain Is BAD!

If you're going to succeed in the world of exercise and fitness, then you have to understand the difference between exercise pain and exercise soreness.  The normal experience from an exercise workout plan can and will create what's called, "DOMS"  which stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  The reason this is "normal" is because, in the process of exercise, you will be breaking down muscle and tendon tissue.  At appropriate levels, the body responds by rebuilding that tissue to be stronger and more productive.  Unfortunately, in the process, there are chemicals present like lactic acid that create exercise soreness. This is a low level soreness that usually resolves within 48 hours.  It is usually why your body feels sore from workout and fitness regimens.

Exercise pain on the other hand is very different.  Pain after a workout in one of your muscles or joints is usually an indicator of an injury.  It usually lasts for more than 48 hours and is brought on by specific movements rather then general soreness with all movements.  Commonly injured body structures include the knee cap and meniscus in your knees, rotator cuff and labrum in your shoulder, and disks of facet joints in your spine.  Fortunately, although being sore from workout regimens is the normal process that accompanies getting fit, joint or muscle pain can be avoided with the right technique and appropriate decision making.

The key to managing both of these concepts lies in your ability to listen to and identify your body's warning signs. Avoiding an injury and getting long term results in fitness does require the mastery of several key ideas and techniques. 

First, you need to understand Body Consciousness.  With this basic knowledge, you will be able to clearly identify the ways your body displays signs of fatigue and potential failure.  You can avoid exercise pain and the potential for injury by recognizing these warning signs and making immediate changes to your technique. 

Secondly, you need to master Total Body Posture.  When your physical support system or your posture is maintained during the stress of exercise, you drastically reduce your risk of injury.  With this technique applied to your exercise plan, being sore from workout routines occurs because you successfully fatigue your joints and muscles and do not compromise their stability in the process.

Finally, Using the Three Step Exercise Technique, which combines the first and second concepts, you will apply a systematic approach to your exercise regimen.  This technique and its application greatly reduce your risk of injury and the potential for pain and suffering. Staying healthy and injury free are always the the foundation of any successful veteran and beginners exercise routine.

Avoiding pain with exercise, believe it or not, is more in your control then you think. Learn the RIGHT way to exercise based on sound, scientific principals, and take control of your health and your future.