Training For Less Pain

Training For Less Pain In the weight room, "no pain, no gain" suggests there's going to be some discomfort associated with muscle size and strength gains. Considering the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) experienced by newbies and seasoned lifters taking their training to a higher level, there's a lot of truth to that old saying. A study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests that regular exercise can have the opposite effect on people with lower back pain.

Researchers recruited 87 volunteers aged 18 through 70 who complained of lower back pain and assigned half to a clinical Pilates program. The rest hit the gym twice a week for an hour of well-rounded general exercise. After 6 weeks, both groups reported less pain, greater mobility and enhanced quality of life. Follow up studies performed at 12 and 24 weeks found the same thing, with no significant differences between programs.

True Strength Moment: This is just one more example of the numerous benefits a regular exercise program has to offer. Less pain, more freedom of movement, greater strength, a better looking shape and improved mood have all been reported in previous studies, and new benefits are being discovered all the time.
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