Good Pain vs. Bad Pain

Tearing your body apart in the gym daily is going to leave your body sore, beat up, and tired. Pain will come and go, but there are different kinds of pain. Some pain in the gym is what happens when you push yourself, and other pain is what occurs when you hurt yourself (obviously). Here are a few ways to distinguish between the two:

Good Pain

Good pain is going to come in the form of muscle ache and general soreness. This just means that you worked out and your body is attempting to recover from the training session. Generally, muscle pain caused by exercise will only last a few days and be felt only in the muscle. If you haven’t worked out for a while and then come in the gym to crush a two-hour workout like legs, then you will probably be sore for a few extra days there. Either way, good pain is muscle pain that is maybe a 4 out of 10 on the pain scale and doesn’t decrease the range of motion.  Do not take anti-inflammatories for soreness from exercise as that defeats the entire purpose of the exercise.

Bad Pain

Bad pain in the gym is usually a minor injury but can be severe. However, a severe injury is likely to be accompanied by intense pain, swelling, and bruising, so I am not going to discuss severe pain. A severe injury is usually quite obvious that you’ve hurt yourself.

Minor pains in the gym happen, but it is possible that they are the result of a much larger issue that needs medical help. If the pain is in a joint or tendon, then it might be best to take a couple of days off from doing anything that causes pain to it. If the pain continues for more than a week without any improvement, it might be time to see the doctor just in case there is an issue there. Although most pains are tendonitis or a bit of inflammation, it is better to be safe than sorry. Ignoring small pains might lead to massive injuries down the line.

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