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Aug 10

5 Signs You Shouldn’t Try to Push Through a Workout – Greatist

2. Ouch! Something hurts.

Pain is typically the bodys way of signaling a problem so you can quickly address whatever’s causing it and protect yourself from further harm. There are two general types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain is the result of a single or immediate trauma, like a sprained ankle. Chronic pain is the persistence of pain even after the normal amount of healing time (weeks or months depending on the problem). The low back is a common site for chronic pain.

In terms of exercising, acute pain is always a warning sign to stop. Sharp, intense pain and/or sudden swelling are often associated with acute trauma. Any attempts to push through these sensations during a workout will only exacerbate the problem and delay healing. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is treated quite differently. In fact, physical activity and exercise programs are increasingly recommended for various types of chronic pain. Check with your doctor or health care provider for physical-activity recommendations.

One last thing about pain: Working out may cause myriad sensations (elevated heart rate, rapid breathing, heavy sweating, shakiness and fatigue, and even muscle burning). As uncomfortable as these sensations may be, they generally do not qualify as pain and are accepted as part of physical exertion.

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5 Signs You Shouldn’t Try to Push Through a Workout – Greatist

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