We’ve all been there too many times: You killed your workout, and your “reward” is not being able to walk the next day. LOL! You’re left with stiff, aching muscles as a result of all your hard work. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, and it’s part of the rebuilding process; I like it – and I know I’m not alone.
What causes muscles soreness?
I’ve heard the main reasons for muscle soreness are the microscopic tears in the muscles and connective tissue. Sounds extreme and painful, right? During my many years of running track, I had also heard some people claim that muscle soreness was a result of lactic acid build-up. That’s a myth… Lactic acid is gone from your muscles within an hour of completing your training session.
When your muscles are truly sore, you end up feeling like your body is ultra-sensitive to touch, and that’s my favorite love-hate part of the exercise/soreness relationship. I feel like my level of soreness is a direct reflection on how hard I’ve trained. Of course, it’s also frustrating when I’ve had a tough workout that doesn’t result in any soreness. This happens because our bodies build tolerance and are able to adapt quickly. That’s why you must frequently use different training styles and intensity levels.
Making changes to your training doesn’t have to be complicated. You can simply change your rep range, even if it means using body-weight exercises, use static holds, or any other number of techniques that can change tension times and intensity levels. There are so many things you can do to prevent your training from becoming routine and stagnant, and that’s one of the reasons weight training is so dope!
How can you alleviate muscle soreness?
The best way to alleviate muscle soreness and relieve the stiffness of tight muscles is to let sore muscles rest and recuperate. You can also prevent excessive soreness and manage it with stretching, not only after training but also between sets – and drink a lot of water. There are also anti-inflammatory supplements that can help minimize the pain caused by inflammation. I like to use Supreme Curcumin C3, as it also has antioxidant properties that support cardiovascular and liver health.
Soreness is a natural effect of exercising, and it’s a good sign your muscles are benefitting from all your hard work in the gym. If you’re new to working out or just starting a new training program, get ready to be comfortable being uncomfortable with muscle soreness.
Train hard, rest up, and enjoy a stronger, healthier body.