Thursday, May 22, 2008

No Pain, No Gain - No Way

“No pain, no gain” is so ingrained. We’ve heard this saying so often and for so long that it plays inside our heads as a proven fact. This silent message pushes us to exceed our limits and often causes injury that prolongs this so-called “good for us” pain.

It’s time to change this outdated belief. But don’t just take my word for it. There are many other healthcare experts that warn you to avoid pain during exercise. The links to their articles give you more detail about how pain communicates injury, not strength.

Fitness star, Kathy Smith: “remember your workout should not be painful.”

Celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak: “pain is not required for a successful workout.”

Jody Welborn, MD in the United States Masters Swimming newsletter, Sept. 2002: “Sore muscles are not the sign of a successful workout, but rather signify microscopic injury to the muscle, tendons and ligaments.”

Even the American Medical Association newsletter (Jan. 24, 2005): “It is key to remind people that the adage ‘no pain, no gain’ is wrong, said Clarence L. Shields, Jr., MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.”

We need a new catchy saying to replace the one we’ve brainwashed ourselves with. I suggest: “Pain equals strain.” What are your ideas?

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