KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS
“Inherently when you exercise at most intensities, you’re going to experience some pain – that’s unavoidable,” Ben Barry, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales ( UNSW), says. “What you’ll get is discomfort in the active muscles you’re using.”
There’s evidence to suggest regular exercise may alter how a person experiences pain, according to Barry and a team of researchers at UNSW, who say the fitter you are, the better your tolerance for pain.
“The trick is, it appears that we do adapt to the pain signals with exercise. In exercising where you have this level of discomfort and there’s repeated exposure, it’s not that the pain goes away, but you get used to it.”
To understand the levels of pain during exercise, Barry suggests using the zero- to 10-point pain