We’ve all been there. You have a really good workout and within the next 12 to 72 hours, you are plagued with sore muscles. You may experience stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to touch. You are more likely to experience soreness if you are new to working out, or are starting a new type of exercise.
The good news is, sore muscles after exercising are a completely normal side effect of rebuilding muscle. It means that your muscles are responding to activity and getting stronger. This is progress and not an excuse to stop exercising. Soreness usually lasts around three to five days.
Even though it is a common occurrence, there is no definitive reason as to why our muscles get sore when they get worked out. Most think it’s a result of microscopic tears in the muscle and surrounding connective tissue. What IS known is that it is not a result of a buildup of lactic acid. This is a common myth surrounding muscle soreness.
There are many things that you can do at home to combat the discomfort:
- Hydrate – drink plenty of water to decrease inflammation
- Eat pineapple or tart cherries- both fruits have great anti-inflammation properties
- Use ice- another way to soothe and reduce information is to ice the parts of your body that are experiencing soreness
- Self-massage- this is a great way to workout muscles soreness because you are able to control the pressure
- Epsom salt- adding Epsom salt to your bath water will help any sore joints or muscles
Please note: If you are having pain in your chest, back, joints, or other soreness that does not go away within a few days, please contact your physician as it could indicate a more serious health condition.
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