"No Pain, No Gain"... not safe exercise habits
When it comes to staying healthy, we know getting exercise is important.
However, many of us want to see quick, instantaneous success.
"You may want those results instantly," says Abbi Boutwell, Doctor of Physical Therapy with Mercy Medical Center. "The body doesn't really work that way, you gotta give it time to build that strength so you can see those results."
If you are not used to exercising, and you do start to incorporate too much into your routine, you may develop what's called delayed onset muscle soreness.
Boutwell adds there are ways to avoid that problem.
"See how you feel the day after or maybe two days after you exercise to know if it's okay to increase your weight or resistance and see maybe how sore you do actually feel," Boutwell suggests.
This allows you to gauge if you need to back off your reps or weight, or even increase the amount.
A lot of exercises can also be modified to fit each person. The exercise is meant to fit you, not you fitting into the exercise.
"We don't want you trying to mold or fit into an exercise that just isn't working," Boutwell explains. "It could be awkward, and it could be unsafe."
Exercise is meant to fatigue us; it should feel a little sore.
However, doctors do not like to use the mentality "No pain, No gain" because it does not fit everyone's abilities.
When it does comes to any pain that is not going away with time and rest, playing it safe is the better road to take.
"You're better off getting that checked out versus playing the waiting game and then it builds into something more than what it was," Boutwell says.