You’ve seen the quote and memes “No Pain, No Gain”, well, that is not the truth. You can still get great exercise without being in pain during the session or the day(s) after.
Physical well-being includes aerobic, strength, flexibility and stress reduction. If your workout routine is stressing you out, you are working too hard. When it comes to exercise workout smarter, not harder.
Vary your activity day to day and listen to your body. You should be pushing yourself to get the benefits of training, but you should not end up in pain. Pain will cause your body to release stress hormones and those will not help you reach your goals of weight loss, A1c reduction and stress relief.
Physical activity is supposed to allow you to feel better in your own body. Being in pain is not a positive result.
Challenging yourself is always a great thing to focus on when exercising, however it is extremely important to make sure that you are not overdoing it and challenging yourself in a safe and effective manner.
If you are exercising again for the first time in a long time, make sure to ease yourself into it. Doing a workout that is ‘too intense’ could result in a major setback which will prolong the effects of working out.
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