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“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

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