Is Muscle Pain Good Or Bad?

man red joint pain( — Since swim season is right around the corner, you’ve probably been making up for lost time with an aggressive workout routine…one that’s probably left you all kinds of sore and in pain, right? But, is that pain good or bad? Should you keep going or should you stop?

We talked to fitness and nutrition expert Harley Pasternak, M.Sc., author of The 5-Factor World Diet, and trainer to celebrities like Halle Berry, about why (some) pain is good.

Why Do I Feel Workout Pain At All?

That burn you feel 24 to 48 hours after an intense workout is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), according to Pasternak.