Thursday, September 10, 2009

Popping Pills?

Do you pop pain killers like candy every time you workout in hopes of avoiding soreness and aiding recovery? If you do, a recent article in the New York Times is a must read!

Just what you thought may be true, is actually not. Instead of preventing pain and aiding recovery, taking NSAIDS like ibuprofen on a regular basis actually slows down tissue recovery and has no effect on pain when compared with those who hadn't taken the pain killers.

Essentially what researchers found is that painkillers blunt the bodies response to the stress of exercise. In essence they lower the bodies normal chemical response to stress in the form of exercise and thus the body doesn't produce as much collagen, thereby the normal adaptation that would occur due to exercise is lessened and thus recovery prolonged.

Message is take NSAIDS only for acute tissue injuries not for normal muscle soreness that you will experience from exercise or you risk inhibiting your bodies ability to recover and rebuild stronger.