By: Serena Crawford
When you are exercising you may feel slight pains here and there. While there is nothing wrong with a little pain a lot of pain or excruciating pain that causes you to stop what you are doing could indicate that you are doing something wrong while you are working out. Here is what you should do if you are in pain according to Dr. Stefano Sinicropi and what you can do to prevent this:
If you are in a lot of pain:
- Stop – Stop whatever exercise you are doing. You may have pulled something, you may have torn a muscle, or you could even have a stress fracture. The longer you continue to work out on it the more you could injure yourself in the process. Take a break and let your body relax for a while. After you have rested for a day or so you can try again if the pain has subsided. If not do not continue with what you are doing until you have seen a doctor.
- See a fitness coach – You may be doing something wrong while you are exercising and a fitness coach will be able to help you with better form. They can also show you different modifications for exercises if you have chronic pain.
- See a doctor – If the above do not work and you are still in pain you need to be seen by a doctor. They will be able to figure out the underlying cause and help you to recover so that you can get back to your normal routine.
- Warm-up – You should always do a warm-up before you engage in any type of exercise. This will help to loosen any tight muscles or ligaments and warm your body up so that you can jump into something more vigorous.
- Form – Make sure that you are using the correct form while you are exercising. If you are running but are hunched over while you are doing it you could cause more stress on your back and knees than necessary which can cause injury. Always make sure that you are aware of your posture.
- Don’t overdo it – Watch out for overtraining. We all want to build muscle and lose fat quickly but doing too much is a good way to get injured.
- Get cleared – Make sure that you are medically cleared before you try anything new. If you have high blood pressure or cardiovascular issues talk to your doctor about the different exercises that you can do and make sure that you are cleared to do it before jumping in. You should also be cleared after having an injury.