That little ache could be telling you something. Columnist Karen Andes helps you to identify good pain and bad pain in your workouts.
If you're over 35, you've put lots of mileage on your shoulders, back and knees. So by now, you're probably intimate with different types of pain. Pain is, well ... a pain. But creaks, twinges and dull throbs don't always have to sideline you from exercise, if you know how to read the signs.
Good pain, as in "It hurts so good," is that famous "burn" that occurs when you work out hard. A kind of Holy Grail sought by many athletes, the burning is usually lactic acid, a waste product, coursing through your muscles.
The following factors are generally indicative of good pain:
Bad pain is a completely different animal. It's your body's way of saying, "Yo, wake up! Pay attention here!"
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