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Pain is a funny thing. It covers a vast range from dull ache to riotous crescendo, and can indicate a change from routine, actual damage, or many other things. Some of them are compatible with working out anyway, but you should never ignore pain. If something hurts, especially a sharp pain that limits your normal activities, or a pain that does not resolve with a few days of rest — or gets worse — find out what’s going on. Cleveland Clinic offers a list of “when to see a doctor” items as well as describing post-exercise benign soreness.

Prompt, wise response to pain or discomfort with exercise makes the difference between staying on track and being sidelined, maybe for months (or worse), with a serious injury.

Previously:
Jogging: Does It Keep You Healthy?
Is There a Wrong Way?
One of These Things Is Not Like the Others
Too Much, Too Soon

Photo by Sherilyn Lee

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