Muscle soreness is a very common side effect of exercise.
Exercising can cause your muscles to become sore by causing microscopic tears within them and triggering inflammation in response. This is completely normal and what causes the muscle soreness we usually feel following a workout.
Here are 9 things you need to know about muscle soreness:
1) The intensity and length of an exercise routine influences how much muscle soreness you’ll have.
2) Muscle pain can last for up to three days and may intensify 24-72 hours post-exercise depending on the individual.
3) There are some things you can do short-term (before or during a workout) to help manage muscle pain, such as proper form when lifting weights and warming up by doing a few gentle stretches.
4) Long-term strategies to manage muscle pain (after a workout) may include increasing your water intake, resting properly between workouts and changing your diet.
5) You can also try some over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen if you’re sore following an intense exercise routine.
6) Taking a hot bath, using an ice pack or heating pad may help reduce muscle soreness.
7) Long-term (after a few days) strategies to manage muscle pain include increasing your overall fitness level and doing exercises that are less intense such as yoga or light jogging.
8) Muscle soreness is at its peak between 24-72 hours post-exercise depending on the individual.
9) Muscle soreness is something we all experience at some point in our lives, and it’s usually not anything to worry about. However, if muscle pain lasts considerably longer than a few weeks or starts interfering with your daily life, you may want to consult a physical therapist for advice.
Bottomline, muscle pain is something we all experience from time to time, including soreness after a workout. The intensity and length of your exercise routine can increase the amount of muscle pain you’ll have depending on the individual.
There are things you can try both short-term (before or during a workout) and long-term (after a workout) to manage muscle pain and exercises you can do on your own or with the assistance of a physical therapist if you’re experiencing severe muscle soreness.
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