Pain Gain!

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

Don’t take a pain re­liever be­fore or dur­ing ex­er­cise or sports in hopes of pre­vent­ing pain and im­prov­ing per­for­mance. Some ath­letes and ex­er­cis­ers pop as­pirin or other non-steroidal anti-in­flam­ma­tory drugs be­fore an event or work­out in or­der to re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and sore­ness and thus boost per­for­mance. This mis­use can in­hibit the body’s abil­ity to adapt to chal­leng­ing work­outs and in­ter­fere with healing, be­sides in­creas­ing the risk of stom­ach bleed­ing and pos­si­bly car­dio­vas­cu­lar prob­lems. If you feel pain when ex­er­cis­ing, your body is telling you to stop for a rea­son – and you don’t want to mask this warn­ing sign. Of course, it’s okay to oc­ca­sion­ally take pain re­liev­ers to treat sore­ness and other symp­toms af­ter ex­er­cis­ing.

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