Getting fit feels great, but you’ll probably have some aches along the way. Don’t let the wear and tear derail your quest for a fitter body. Find out what’s causing you to hurt, how to treat minor injuries, which medications work best for pain relief and how to keep healthy in the future…
Working out is one of the healthiest moves for your body.
But it’s also one of the easiest ways to hurt yourself.
While minor aches are unavoidable with exercise, more serious pain can mean injury or that you’re pushing too hard.
“Playing while hurt is the reason so many former professional athletes have chronic musculoskeletal problems,” says Lynn Millar, Ph.D., P.T., professor of physical therapy at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
How can you distinguish normal soreness from a more serious problem, and what should you do if you’re injured?
Good Pain: Minor Muscle Soreness
Hours after a tough workout, you may feel sore and stiff in the muscles you exercised.
That’s known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), and it’s caused by taxing muscles you haven’t used much before or pushing conditioned muscles too far.
When they’re pushed beyond conditioning, some muscle fibers tear, explains Scott Hasson, Ed.D., University of Connecticut professor of physical therapy.
The body responds to the injury with inflammation, which causes dull, aching soreness 12-72 hours later.
Until next blog, stay fit, feel well.