Training Through Pain. Is it A Good Idea?

Training is not something professionals see as an everyday activity. It is a habit and a way of living and breathing. That is why whenever an injury kicks in, most people ignore it and keep training toward their goals. This often results in worse issues than only the injury presenting itself. In fact, every injury gets harder to treat once the pace of training is continued. The longer you let it linger, the longer you will have it on you. This is advised by many fitness experts.

So, you must be wondering: Should I stop training after an injury, or should I go with it?

In reality, it depends on the level of injury. There are treatable injuries which don’t do harm to the training lifestyle, but there are also ones who may be the worst enemy to your daily exercise. We are sharing some of the injuries considered as ‘red flags’ when it comes to continuing the exercise.

1. Fever/Cold/Flu

Whenever some of these things shows up, it’s time to hit the sofa rather than the gym. Why, you ask?
In case you don’t know it, these symptoms are tied with our immune system and actually do everything to tear it apart. While with something like a cold you may be able to still do some moderate exercise, the flu, and especially fever should never be compromised by continuing on with exercise. Whenever the flu or fever kicks in, your organism is battling an infection, so you shouldn’t battle any dumbbells, sweat it out or anything – as it may only get worse.

2. Battling the Weights

In many situations, the 215-pound max-squat may feel like you attempted 400. While it is a sign that you simply don’t have it that day, this is also a reason to check your ego and never compromise with heavier weights, at least not until the point when you end up in the emergency room. Sleeping it off and continuing another day is recommended.

3. Stress in the Joints

Many people are aware of common stress in the joints. Simply, the joints feel achy during the workout itself. The real thing happening is your muscles which are not fired enough to bare loads, which comes from a whole variety of reasons. Again, the most recommended solution for this issue is to stretch out, do a proper warm-up and try again but slowly. If it happens again and more often, you should speak to a physician.

4. Lower Back Pain (Tight)

There are many situations in which your lower back may suffer pain or be too much tight. This is a sign that it is doing more than it should and you may need to reconsider the way you do all those back squats, and dead lifts – and see if your technique is on point. If there is a change with this, it’s time for you to choose a different variation of the exercise for that day and do better the upcoming week.

5. Lack of Sleep

As much as it’s not an injury, it is also not an excuse to skip the gym for the day. If you hadn’t slept much, it’s time to boost up your metabolism and energy level and get ready for the day. Instead of being in the sleepy condition all day long, this situation is not a red flag – although if you are experiencing fatigue and extreme tiredness, then that is a different story and you should skip the workout and see a doctor as that extreme feeling may be signs of illness.