Ever met someone that lives by the credo, “No pain, no gain?”
Yeah, we’re not so sure how to feel about that. Some pain is totally unnecessary, and utterly unrelated to gain (aside from maybe the gain of more pain).
Try asking yourself these questions to find out what kind of pain you’re living with and decide whether corrective exercise is the answer:
- Do you experience pain in the same location(s) day in, day out?
- Has your pain gotten worse since you first noticed it?
- Does this pain ever wake you up at night?
- Do you spend most of your day in a seated position?
- Do you ever find your knees knocking against each other when you walk or run?
- Has it been six months since your last real work-out? How about six years? Sixteen years? More?
- Have you gained a significant amount of weight since the last time you exercised?
- Have you done the same workout for over a year?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your pain might not be getting you anywhere constructive. In fact, it might be due to something as simple as a tight muscle.
Tight muscles are no surprise. As the sedentary lifestyle becomes more and more commonplace, the number and severity of muscle imbalances do as well. These imbalances may often lead to regular aches, pains and limitations. Unfortunately, many believe that the cure for this pain is “sucking it up” and jumping back into a harsh daily exercise routine.
That is not always true.
In fact, by “sucking it up,” you might be making matters even worse.
This is because the body tends to take the path of least resistance, or, in other words, your body will do what’s easiest.
For example, if one muscle involved in a specific movement is weaker than another, the stronger of the two will take the lead because, well… it’s easier. This can end up building additional strength in an already disproportionately strong muscle and rendering the weaker of the two pretty useless.
Over time, this compensation can lead to pain and limitations that often only worsen with your regular activity.
So, corrective exercise builds in a platform to your typical work out routine by targeting imbalances and inefficiencies, effectively reducing this compensatory habit and setting your muscles up for success.
In summary, pushing through the pain during one last set is one thing, being brainless and constantly dealing with aches to no avail is another. If you’re feeling pain and just can’t seem to shake it, don’t stick to the “no pain, no gain” motto- try living by the “no brain, no gain” motto instead. Try corrective exercise.
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*Note: This article is not intended to diagnose, prevent or treat any ailment. While corrective exercise may help address your aches and pains, you should always seek the guidance of a medical professional before actively considering a new exercise regimen.