07 Feb 2017
No Pain, No Gain?
We have all heard the phrase “no pain- no gain” right? But what is the pain that we all experience after a gym session?
The pain is known as The DOMS - which stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and usually comes on 12 -72 hours after exercise. It occurs as a result of micro-tears in the tissues following strength training and causes muscle pain, soreness, stiffness and inflammation.
You may suffer from DOMS at the beginning of a new programme, or when your programme is made harder., or if you have had a break from training.
So why put yourself through this pain?
Well when the micro-tears occur, provided that the body has sufficient time to rest and has the right nutrition to repair itself, it is thought that the repair process increases the muscle size as well as improving the strength of the muscle. As muscles become stronger they will start to burn more calories when at rest. Therefore exercising muscles so that they become stronger helps with undertaking activities of daily living, such as carrying the shopping but it also helps with weight loss.
However ‘use it or lose it’ is also true as the effects are not permanent and regular exercise of the muscles is required to maintain strength otherwise it will diminish.
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