At times I feel the need to cover a popular belief that to me is more of a fallacy. I often hear the phrase “No pain, no gain” used by someone to justify beating up their body during a workout.
Sure, you need to push your muscles to some sort of limit to stimulate strength increases and muscle growth where you will feel a burning sensation. But feeling any pain, and even extreme soreness that lasts for days, are not a smart way to do that.
Pain means something got pushed past its limit and could signal an imminent injury to that body part (if not already damaged). Extreme soreness means you need to do some extreme recovery.
Speaking of recovery, that is when you will actually get “gains.” It’s not during the actual workout, rather the many hours and even days after the workout is completed.
Your body is a system, and the system of recovery is made up of multiple areas:
-- proper nutrition provides the building blocks for building muscle and healing body tissue post-workout
-- the right hormonal balance is what signals your body what to actually do during recovery
-- these nutrients and hormones travel throughout the body via blood flow and other fluids
-- sleep is when most of the recovery and muscle building processes occur
If you’re familiar with the GetFitFormula, those four (of the five total) pieces will look awfully familiar!
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