Yes and no. The only way that your body will get stronger and fitter is if you push it beyond its normal levels of activity. This causes microtrauma, or damage to the tissues of the body which results in discomfort. The body’s healing and repair mechanisms then kick in and not only mend the damaged tissue but make it stronger and more resilient than before.
Three things undermine this process:
Any one of these things result, at best, in a plateau in strength and fitness or, at worst, a reduction of fitness, progressive weakness, fatigue and repetitive injury.
So, to avoid a situation where you are suffering pain with no gain, make sure you pace yourself, have a clear recovery programme and build your training programme up in small increments. You can read more about these things later.
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