How to Avoid the Pain of Exercise

exercise-painA little discomfort during or after exercise can lead to big health benefits, but there’s absolutely no reason to endure pain. Muscle cramps, side stitches, blisters, and chaffing are four pain points that can make running a chore.

Who knows more about avoiding pain than marathon runners? I drilled the 10 Mile Wednesday team for tips to avoid pain. Here are their top five:

  1. Take care of your feet: Pedicures, two layers of socks (a thin soft base layer under your running sock), and running shoes that fit right and don’t have too many miles on them (300 miles tops) can keep your feet fit.
  2. Take care of your skin: Before you leave the house apply sunblock, and put Aqua Lube (or other water-based personal lubricant) on your hot spots before they get hot.
  3. Don’t get caught dehydrated: Puffy hands and side-stitches can be a sign of dehydration. Sip water before, during, and after a workout. Drinking water all at once and sugary drinks can also cause cramping.
  4. Warm up or start slowly. And be consistent. Work out every week at your own pace and build up over time. No weekend warriors!
  5. Stay relaxed and love what you do. There’s no pain like enduring an exercise or sport you hate. Choose a location and activity that will interest you over time.

How do you avoid exercise-related pain? Let us know in the comments below.

Shelly Bowen is a professional writer and Web content strategist based in California. She enjoys hiking, dirt biking, kayaking, and running in sand.

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