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No pain, no gain? No way!

Updated: 06-30-2011

When it comes to exercise, the 'no pain, no gain' mantra is bad advice. Exercise shouldn't hurt. At most, you may feel a little muscle soreness when you do a new workout or activity. If you feel pain during exercise (or dizziness, nausea or shortness of breath), stop. You may be pushing yourself too hard.