Who can I ask about the aches and pains I experience when working out?

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Wendy Batts
Fitness
When it comes to addressing aches and pains, you should always check with your health care provider first. If they recommend rest and restarting your exercise program slowly and progressively, seek out the help of a qualified fitness professional. They should be able to perform movement assessments that will identify patterns that your body may slip into that can lead to these aches and pains when working out. This professional will also be able to recommend flexibility strategies and strengthening exercises which will help correct improper movement patterns and insure proper form when working out.

It is normal to feel some discomfort during exercise; however, pain should not be tolerated. Schedule an appointment to see your doctor if you are experiencing any pain during exercise. Your doctor may need to refer you to a physical therapist or another licensed professional. Also, it is important that you have clearance from your physician before resuming your training regimen. Once you have been cleared to start your fitness program again, it is recommended that you only engage in resistance training 3 to 5 days per week with lighter weight and slower progressions.

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