I am sure anyone who exercises regularly is familiar with the saying: No pain, no gain.
And while this is fine, it needs to be taken carefully.
While it is good to push yourself when you exercise to ensure you achieve the maximum from your work out, it is also important to recognise when your body needs to rest.
It is not, for example, a good idea to repeatedly train the same muscle groups, day after day as muscles and your body need time to relax and repair so they are ready to train on the next occasion - ensuring you get the most from your workout.
As regular readers of my column will be aware I injured my knee running ...
and, like many of us, rather than doing the sensible thing and resting I continued training.
That was until I visited my osteopath, Keith Galer, in the city centre and he really inspired me to try something different. He explained to me the damage which running was doing to my body and encouraged me to cycle and swim instead.
I was convinced this would be a disaster, result in me piling on the pounds and losing muscle mass. It has, in fact, had the opposite effect. I have shed a couple of pounds and increased the amount of muscle which I have.
I now have a completely different outlook on my exercise regime which is far kinder to my joints. I have learned the importance of rest days and now ensure stretching is a crucial part of my training.
If I hadn't seen Keith I am sure I would probably still be out there pounding the streets and doing my body more and more damage.
If you think you may be injured, don't continue to exercise - you could be doing yourself more harm than good.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 5, 2009|
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