So you’ve decided to live a little healthier this time and follow an exercise program. Your first workout went well, but then came the morning, and you’re feeling sore everywhere.
Did you perhaps do something wrong? Did you push yourself too hard?
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In a nutshell:
Muscle soreness after a workout is completely normal, more so for newbies.
It’s a side effect of the stress put on muscles when you exercise.
It typically starts within 6-8 hours after a new activity and can last for up to 48 hours after the exercise.
So what can you do then? Well, there’s plenty of things, actually, such as getting a massage or using an ice pack, which will be discussed further in the remaining minutes, so stay tuned!
Understanding muscle soreness better
Virtually anyone who’s had an intense workout or vigorous exercise experienced sore muscles for a day or two.
This condition is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
These delayed muscle aches and muscle pain are brought by the tiny injuries in the muscle fiber and connective tissue.
Whether you’re starting a new physical activity or you haven’t exercised for a while, you’re likely to feel sore all over the body after the workout.
This is simply your body’s way of saying your muscles need time to recover.
Thankfully, once your body gets used to the new sport or exercise, you’ll have little or no muscle soreness.
How long muscle soreness usually lasts
The sore muscles that occur after a workout will usually subside after 24-48 hours of rest.
If the muscle aches don’t go away after resting for a few days or have become even more intense, you may want to get yourself checked.
It can be a sign that you’ve sustained a serious muscle injury.
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