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Is anything worse for a guy who has dedicated a good part of his life to intense physical activity? Yes, there is. And we’re not talking about not to do it often or anymore, but the consequence after a long or short period without activity – pains in muscles and joints. Depending on the type of training that you have done, the annoyance uses to appear besides the neck, the shoulders, the arms, almost all the back (especially the lower part), the upper side of the gluteus (and its lower zone, eventually), the thighs, the knees, and the calves (look at the figures).
It’s true that the massages help, but if is the pain recurrent? Many followers told us that they have started to feel back pain particularily, and all focused in the lower part. That brought our attention, so in the process to research the background of physical activity, we found in all cases that you did weights, aerobics, dance, and even football.
Every person who asked us don’t meet each other nor live in the same location, but we had the reference of the intense physical activity, so we asked what would happen if they retake it. The ones who did it experienced a gradual remission of the pain at the point to disappear. “It pained even when I rested, but when I played football again, it was giving up,” Franklin Juárez, 32, told us in Tambogrande, Peru, who contributed us to illustrate this article too.
What is the principle behind the relief? When we do intense physical activity in a periodical term, we submit the body into a constant renovation of muscular tissue, getting it ready for conditions of stronger moves than the simple walk or shaking arms and legs. Then, we program our body to do that renovation in a continous way due to every fiber suffers from a atrophy process or modification, that makes the work we do much efficient.
If we leave to do it, that atrophy reverses slowly because the muscular tissue is elastic. And as we are not doing the voluntary process of pushing it and pulling it yet, this ends to retract, sending a switch to the brain that is interpreted as pain. Remember that the same happens when you build muscle – as the fiber breaks up, it inflamates, and it uses the same alert system for notifying that something is modifying inside there.
So our choices are keeping stopped or keeping to move. If we decide the first one, it’s probable the pains continue until the muscular atrophy reverses; if we go for the second one, the muscular atrophy continues and the brain holds the programming to have the body ready for the type of activity that we do.
And what about the overweight that is experienced when you leave to do an intense physical activity? Because of our body programs to assimilate more glucose, which we use as energy for the muscular work, as we don’t use it anymore like a kind of fuel, we trend to accumulate it as fat tissue. However, health specialists who reviewed our report denied a relation between pain and overweight.
Nevertheless, many of you who retook the intense physical aactivity have reported that as you lost weight, the pain resumed even to disappear. The specialists explained us that sensation is rather because we have reactivated the atrophy process for that we had programmed our body, as we told up before.
In conclusion, if you did intense physical activity, you leave it suddenly for a few or a long time, and the muscles start to pain, try to work out again like before. And it’s probable that annoyance resumes. Don’t forget to ask your doctor if this seems to involve other organs of your body, and never prescript yourself. While we follow to report, share your experience on the comment box right below or on our Twitter account.