Fact or fiction: No pain, no gain
Your new mantra
So how do you know you are exercising your body as well as you can? The more accurate mantra you should be chanting while you are running is “feel the burn.” The slight burning sensation you feel in your legs as you round the block and are almost home is a good thing, and is a sign that you are pushing your body without it being dangerous. Your muscles will adapt to your workout regime, so it is important that you are still pushing yourself so you can grow stronger and faster. Start with what you are comfortable with then add longer distances and more sets.
A little bit of soreness, unlike pain, is okay. If you wake up the next morning and your muscles are a little tight, it is a sign that your body is recovering from yesterday’s workout. If it gets to the point that you can’t move, you might want to make your routine a little easier for a while. That is why it is so important to start with what you are comfortable with and build up to the more difficult stuff. If you can only do five push-ups, that’s okay, and the next time you’re doing them try to go for six. You can injure yourself through overuse, too. Concentrating too much on toning your arms a few days in a row, for example, can be too hard on your bod. In addition to cardio, pick different parts of your bod to work on, and rotate them so your muscles have time to recover.
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