How Should Exercise Feel?

Depending on the type of exercise you do and how your body is made, we may feel different sensations when we complete exercise.

Particularly when we commence a new routine of exercise, it can be hard, and it can be 'painful'. Identifying pain is crucial. As an Exercise Physiologist, we talk about the 'good' pain and the 'bad' pain. During exercise, we should only feel the 'good' pain!!

GOOD Sensations;

  • a burning sensation in the muscle belly

  • the working muscles feeling fatigued or 'jelly' like

  • warm sensations throughout the body

  • breathlessness and an increased feeling of your heart rate

BAD Sensations;

Bad pain, when we exercise is what we refer to as a 'sharp' pain usually experienced within the joint or around the joint. If you experience this type of pain when you do a particular exercise, you should STOP immediately.

Firstly, you should refer to the description of the exercise and ensure that you are completing the exercise correctly. If you are confident that you are completing it correctly and still experiencing pain then contact one of our Exercise Physiologists.

The exercise can always be adapted so that you get the benefit but not the pain.

Other sensations we SHOULD NOT be experiencing during exercise is chest pain and or any heart palpitations, again, if you do experience these in anyway, STOP exercise immediately and let the Exercise Physiologist know.

If you have any concerns or questions, please discuss these with the Exercise Physiologist as you are the only one who knows how it feels on your body, so you must communicate any concerns when they arise.

To book in a consultation with one of our Exercise Physiologists, phone 6122 0166.

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