A new study shows that doing regular cardio exercises lowers your sensitivity to pain.
If your training is causing you pain – try harder! New research in the American journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests that undertaking regular cardio exercise raises your pain threshold.
A group of 24 participants in a study at the University of New South Wales were tested before and after either a six-week period of 75% VO2 max workouts or ‘usual physical activity’.
Not only did the exercising group show increased cardio fitness but they also developed a higher tolerance to pain. The group (who rode for 30 minutes, three times a week) reported they simply could suffer previously unbearable pain for longer.