After an incredibly long workout, a long walk all day, a great deal of heavy lifting or sports, it is common to have muscle soreness the morning after, or once you are done with your exercise. That muscle soreness can sometimes be worrisome (when the pain is nearly unbearable) but is merely a minor annoyance that people seem to experience after a long muscle workout.
The severity of your muscle soreness depends on the intensity of your workout or your activity. For bodybuilders or weight trainers, muscle soreness will occur in its worst form if you take a break from your muscle building workout schedule and make a comeback with full intensity later. There are three types of soreness, and they represent different messages that your body wants to deliver to you.
Mild Soreness will occur almost every time you are through with your muscle building workout. The level of pain should be minimal and should not affect your daily activities at all. For example, you should not find it painful to walk around due to the soreness. The condition shows that your tissues are damaged hence a sufficient rest is required for recovery. This soreness is a healthy state for bodybuilders as it is a sign; your body had a workout that would result in growth and gain more strength gain. (Muscle tissues need to be damaged before they repair and recover, hence growing bigger and stronger).
Delayed soreness occurs when you take a break from your muscle building workout schedule and make a comeback at full intensity. In this case, the muscles are typically tired and for that matter needs nutrients and rest to regain strength and become stronger. Many bodybuilders ignore the soreness and continue training. In this case, they put themselves at the risk of an injury. However, this isn’t the right thing to do as an injury will put you right out of training for some time.
Injury soreness occurs when you have injured your muscles badly. You will feel sharp pains in your muscles. Daily activities would be affected, and you will need long breaks to recover your muscles fully
Recovery Tips (From any soreness)
- Sleeping is one of the amazing ways your body recovers. Lie down for at least 8 hours a day for sufficient rest.
- Drink lots of water to keep your muscle cells and the rest of the body hydrated.
- Do light stretching and massaging to get rid of lactic acid and to increase blood flow to your muscles.
- Take in more protein in your meals or take supplements as protein helps you with repairing and growing your muscle tissues
So while muscle soreness itself is a good thing, it means that you need to make sure that you do not overextend these muscles until the soreness goes away. Otherwise, you risk injuring the muscles during the rebuilding process, and it becomes significantly harder to build them back again.
Muscle soreness can obviously be a worrisome feeling, especially when it makes you uncomfortable all day. But rest assured it is just a sign that your muscles had not been used and are currently growing much stronger.