Pain Higher Than 5 On A Scale Of 1 To 10
It is natural to feel some pain while working out, especially if you are pushing your body to do what it has never done before. However, there is a way for you to easily differentiate between the ‘good kind of pain and the ‘bad kind.
How bad is your pain on a scale of 1 – 10? If it is anywhere less than 5, then the chances are that you are experiencing a ‘good’ pain, i.e., the kind of pain that pushes your muscles to strengthen and grow. However, if you are experiencing anything before a 5, then it is definitely something to be concerned about.
Pain That Gets Worse The More You Workout
If you experience some pain while exercising, and it gradually subsides on its own during your workout, then the chances are that the pain was just an anomaly and does not mean that anything is wrong. However, if the pain does not subside or, worse, seems to get aggravated while working out, you need to pay attention to it immediately.
A worsening pain could indicate that something is wrong, and you are just putting more pressure on the injured area by continuing to work out.
Pain In Just One Area Of Your Body
Typically, it is normal to feel some amount of soreness throughout your body after a good workout. However, if you are experiencing a pain that is ‘localized’, i.e., limited to a certain area of the body, then this is an indication that something is wrong. This kind of pain is typically felt while performing certain kinds of exercises, and they might get worse the more you work out.
If the pain subsides, then you do not have to concern yourself too much with it. However, if the pain gets aggravated with the workout, you might want to stop exercising and immediately tend to it.
What To Do Next
Pain is an indication that your body is giving you that says, “Hey! Something’s wrong here!” In most cases, if your feel pain, it would be wise to listen to your body and stop what you’re doing.
Take a step back from your regular workouts until the area has healed itself. Ice the area once every 3 hours, and perform some gentle stretches and exercises to ease the pain. And if all else fails, then consult with your doctor, especially if your pain continues for a few days with no signs of subsiding.