Sore muscles are good. They’re a sign of improvement; that you’ve pushed yourself physically — and mentally. It can also be a false roadblock.
However painful it may be, muscle soreness, typically shouldn’t prevent you from working out.
Muscles don’t get stronger without first breaking down. Working out causes muscle fibers to tear, as well as the commonly described “burning” sensation experienced while lifting weights. These tears can also lead to “delayed onset muscle soreness,” or DOMS.
Of course, there’s good soreness and bad soreness, and even too much soreness. Assessing any discomfort is important. Good soreness tends to be dull and spread out throughout the worked muscle. In contrast, sharp pains could be signs of injury. In general, working out a body part that’s experiencing sharp pain is inadvisable.
Typically, as your body becomes accustomed to your exercise habits, daily stiff and sore muscles tend to fade away — but even elite athletes get sore from time to time.
You’re tender and stiff two days after your first workout, it’s still painful to get around — so what? If you don’t keep working out, all that pain, time, sweat, and pushing was for nothing. Muscle soreness is no excuse for skipping a workout. The good news is, there are ways to mitigate the pain.
Each person handles muscle soreness in their own way — the way that’s best for their body. Sometimes that takes a bit of trial and error. Understanding why a specific method works is a great way to start exploring your options.
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