By Mary Chase
So, how much pain is too much pain? I think the evolution of becoming more self aware about what is happening with our bodies, as well as living in one of the healthiest counties in the United States, is
wonderful. However, do you ever wonder how much pain is too much pain? Here are a couple of factors to consider.
You will have lactic acid build up and pain usually associated with using different muscles or doing a new exercise. The intensity of the discomfort, lets call it, will usually increase two days after the exercise, and then decrease. This is normal. I may be a masochist, because I love that “pain.” I know for sure that I worked that specific area, because I am acutely aware of those muscles; doesn’t that sound so much better than being aware of my pain?
Lactic acid pain is best solved by WATER. Water, water, water. Think of water as lubricant for your muscles. If they are sore you are lubricating them so that they can work better, especially after an intense workout. There is a reason one of my favorite tag lines is, "Surprise your muscles." This may be the type of pain that it hurts to squat down to get something out of the cabinet or reach overhead to pull something off the shelf. But that is because your muscles are fatigued and surprised at the exercise that you did.
If you keep surprising them with new and challenging exercises you will continue to not only see physical results of your hard work, but you will beat the hardest part, in my opinion of the exercise journey, the maintenance stage. This is the stage where you have achieved your fitness goal (i.e. weight, body mass index, etc.) but are working at maintaining your happily achieved goal through diet and exercise.
Now what is too much pain? How about if you can’t bear any weight on a muscle or bone pain, or can’t walk; that is too much pain. That is pain that probably is indicative of a break, tear, or sprain that requires medical attention. We have a wonderful physical therapy and medical practice here in town when the pain is in that category. Usually addressing the pain sooner rather than later can help alleviate further and more severe problems down the road. So get out there, exercise hard, make it count, and know your pain.