Though exercise is a key component to effective weight loss that will allow the dieter to shed the pounds quickly without gaining it back again after the diet is over, it is not always an easy process. Muscle fatigue is a struggle faced by all exercisers. It is unpleasant and can make exercise unappealing to those who are trying to begin a healthier lifestyle and achieve their ideal body mass index (BMI).
Even people who already have active lifestyles can suffer from muscle fatigue. In a gym, it can be an inconvenience or can require an exerciser to need to rest more frequently. Outside of the gym, though, it can not only be unpleasant, but can also cause dangerous situations, as a Greenville County, Virginia man discovered in June, 2010, when he had to be rescued after he’d climbed over fifty feet up the side of Rainbow Falls in Jones Gap State Park and, due to muscle fatigue, was unable to climb up or down.
This problem has led to massive efforts in the medical community to help to prevent muscle fatigue. Although creatine supplements have been thought to be a viable solution for some, others dislike the fact that, while some studies show positive results, not all human studies have demonstrated desirable outcomes. Furthermore, the contradictory results of studies imply that not everyone responds to creatine in the same way. Moreover, the conflicts with common substances (such as caffeine) and medications (such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and the side effects of creatine can be quite unpleasant for dieters and other users. Some side effects include weight gain (which is obviously quite undesirable to dieters), muscle cramps (which makes exercising more difficult and negates the benefits for muscle fatigue), dizziness, high blood pressure, kidney damage and liver dysfunction.
Fortunately, a study published on July 13, 2010 in the journal Photomedicine and Laser Surgery called “Effect of Light-Emitting Diodes Therapy (LEDT) on Knee Extensor Muscle Fatigue” showed that using LEDT showed a significant reduction on quadriceps knee muscle fatigue using POST-MVC, higher torques (p=0.034) with LEDT (237.68±48.82Nm) when compared to placebo (225.68±44.14Nm) treatment.
Light therapies may, therefore, hold the key to natural and side effect-free prevention of muscle fatigue for dieters who are trying to exercise for weight loss.