The age old question? Will it hurt? The dentist, the doctor, the trainer we all get this question. Depends on what you're doing I guess could be the safe answer.
Should it hurt? Mostly likely if we're discussing fitness but not as in hurt while you're doing it a good workout entails being at the edge of your comfort zone by shaking, burning or maybe even fatiguing but it shouldn't be painful. Painful indicates another problem and should be checked out by a doctor.
The best workouts are the ones where at the time they feel great, you leave feeling as though you've accomplished something but it is the next day or day after when you get to truly experience the after effects of your work. Rolling over in bed makes you aware that you are a body in bed cause it hurts! A good feeling that makes you aware of all the muscles in your body when you go to the bathroom, walk, go down the stairs, go up the stairs, get out of your chair, get out of your car or just simply doing anything!
When you feel this in your body it means that you are getting stronger and changing your body and that is awesome. Even during my yoga intensive I was so sore some days from doing things that were out of my comfort zone and just plain different than what I was used to, it doesn't hurt near as much now to do these things because I have adapted.
Adaptation is one of the miracles of our bodies, it is smart and able to figure out what we are asking it to do and then make that portion of our body and brain faster, better and stronger at doing that specific demand!
What happens is when you adapt is you also plateau in terms of fitness. What it took to lose 50 lbs initially will now require more work because of a few factors other than adaptation but if you continue to do the same workout over and over your body will keep it's fitness where it is at and your weight loss that may have been quite fast at the start will begin to slow if you don't up the ante so to speak.
It is the greatest myth of all time: maintenance. There really is no maintenance because you have to always challenge yourself in order to even maintain what you have earned! So try new workouts, new activities and new protocols to branch out into those unused adaptations.
Lift, run, rest, repeat!
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