Although some soreness may occur after a workout, the more conditioned you become, the more resilient you will be and the less likely to notice soreness after your workout. Bottom line, “no pain, no gain” is not a good motto to live by when working out. Pain is your body’s way of letting you it is in trouble, so respect this signal and train accordingly.
It is a myth that if you perspire a lot when exercising you’re not physically fit. Sweating is your body’s way of cooling itself, and the more conditioned you are, the more efficient your cooling system. Other things can affect how much a person perspires that have nothing to do with level of physical fitness, so check with your doctor if excessive sweating becomes a problem, or if you find you do little perspiring under conditions where you would normally expect to be sweating, such as when working out in higher heat and/or humidity.
When you perspire you lose valuable minerals and can become easily dehydrated, so drink appropriate amounts of fluids throughout the day, even on days when you are not as active. Generally speaking, try to consume about one half your body weight in ounces of fluids daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, this would be 75 ounces of fluids per day. The majority of this should be water, but any healthy fluids can count toward your goal.
Marjie Gilliam is an International Sports Sciences Master certified personal trainer and fitness consultant. She owns Custom Fitness Personal Training Services LLC. Send email to email@example.com.