No Pain, No Gain
You often hear the phrase “No Pain, No Gain” in regards to exercise.
Do you experience pain during exercise?The meaning behind this motto is that if exercise doesn’t hurt you, it isn’t helping you. I researched the phrase and found out that Jane Fonda used to say this phrase in her workout videos. Well I am here to say – don’t listen to it or believe it.Seriously.
Take this phrase out of your vocabulary.Exercise should not cause pain. You should not feel something pull, pop, snap, or twist. If you do, stop immediately (and most of the time you will need to see a professional). With good exercise:
- You will feel sore.
- You will be tired.
- You will often be fatigued (maybe both physically and mentally).
- Your muscles will be quivering.
- You will feel the burn.The soreness that comes the day after a hard workout? That’s what you want to feel. That’s the sign of a good, hard workout. A pop in your joint while you are performing an exercise? That is not what you want you want feel. See the difference?
How far is too far?You definitely want to push yourself (to your limits). You want to get in a good workout. You want to sweat. But you do not want to injure yourself. If something feels weird or not right, stop. Only you know your body and only you know your limits. Personal trainers and group leaders should push and encourage you, but they should also listen and respect what you are telling them. They should understand if you need a break, need to regress an exercise, or need to stop altogether for the day.Everyone wants the results and rewards that come with hard work. They want to see those “gains.” I am just hear to say that you can see them without feeling the pain.
To answer this question: Do you experience pain during exercise? If so, discontinue. Pain is not the goal.