As you may already know, I love the 80’s! Although I love the decade that gave us the beginning of the fitness revolution, Bon Jovi, Def Lepard, high tops, etc., I must admit that not all the fitness trends were the best. I’m sure you all remember that popular saying, no pain, no gain. The saying did help push people past their comfort zones and into higher levels of fitness, but it also paved the way for many injuries.
The 80’s may have ended 23 years ago, but people still have the “no pain, no gain” mentality. It is true that you must overload your muscles in order to create change in your body, so some muscular discomfort is required (you should in fact “feel the burn” when you exercise). However, there is a difference between the discomfort you feel during muscular overload and actual pain. Be sure to listen to your body while you workout, it will tell you if you are overdoing it or if you need to rest. When you hurt yourself pushing through the pain will only prolong the injury. Resting an injury or switching your programimmediately will ensure that you are able to stay fit and active for a lifetime