Ask our feel younger expert: Should exercise be painful?

Ask our feel younger expert: Should exercise be painful?
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Julie says: No pain – no gain is a myth! If you suffer pain when you are exercising then take heed of the warning signals. Try reducing the pace, the range of movement and the intensity of the exercise. If it still hurts then you need to find a more appropriate type of exercise to suit you. Exercise doesn’t have to be painful to be effective.

If you feel a bit achy after exercising then that’s different; this is a normal response to any new movements or exertion such as overdoing the gardening or walking further than you are used to. The tiny tears that occur during exercise signal the immune system to start the repair process releasing chemicals, which lead to muscle soreness.

Many of the people I teach find that as they get stronger and more mobile they experience less joint pain. Stronger muscles support the joints so it’s worth persevering with a gradual programme of resistance training. But you do need to take advice – firstly from your GP to rule out any underlying problems, then from an experienced physical trainer to get you moving safely.