Why does exercise hurt?

Like many other people around the world, we have enjoyed watching TV coverage of some of the sports at the Olympics. But I nearly laughed out loud when my daughter asked quite earnestly, “Mummy, if exercise is supposed to be good for you, why does it hurt?”


Exercise isn’t meant to be painful. It makes us fitter and stronger and helps to keep us healthy. But our muscles can start to feel tired whilst we are exercising and they may even feel sore for a day or so afterwards.

So let’s find out what happens to our bodies when we do exercise!

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