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Muscle Soreness: What causes it and how to manage.

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Muscle Soreness: What causes it and how to manage.

Did you just start a new workout routine? Or did you push yourself harder during your last workout? We’ve all done it. In about 24-48 hours you’ll probably feel some soreness in your muscles because you stressed them beyond their normal activity.  This is totally normal and your body’s reaction to the small micro tears that happen in the muscle and need repair so the muscle can become stronger.  This can begin immediately or be delayed. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is slightly more painful and must be treated a little differently, but general soreness is only temporary and can be easily treated.

To prevent and treat muscle soreness:

1. Stay Active: keeping the blood flowing to your muscles helps the healing process move a little quicker.

2. Drink Water: moving fluids through your system will help flush out all the toxins, latic acid, and enzymes that have been sent to repair your muscle fibers.

3. Schedule a massage: massage has been proven to help muscle soreness if you can are not in to much pain.

4. Pack in the nutrients: eating your protein, fruits, and veggies can help your muslce rebuild.

5. Stretch: providing more oxygen to your muscle by doing some yoga, pilates, or even some gentle stretching can help reduce your muscle soreness.

In the end, soreness is not a bad thing. It’s your muscles communicating that they are building to get stronger. But you only have one body, so take care of your muscles so they can continue to work harder during your next workout.

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