Recently I asked you guys to tell me all the things you dislike about exercising so that we can find ways to turn that hate into love.
Recently I asked you guys to tell me all the things you dislike about exercising so that we can find ways to turn that hate into love. One thing that came up a lot is, "I don't like the muscle soreness that I get two days after working out."
Agreed — feeling sore can be a big downer and make daily practices, such as sitting on the toilet, a painful experience. The thing is that sore muscles are totally normal and totally temporary. Typically called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), DOMS usually occurs 24 to 48 hours after an activity and typically lasts about 24 to 48 hours. Since it can be an uncomfortable 24 to 48 hours, here are a few ways for keeping the soreness under control:
- Progress slowly, don't overdo it.
- Warm up and cool down.
- Stretch daily, especially after exercising.
- Ice the sore area for 15 to 20 minutes/day.
- Hit the hot tub or bathtub.
- Take anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen).
- Massage sore muscle or roll it out.
- Avoid strenuous activity.
Personally, I look at being sore as a reminder of the fact that I worked out and pushed myself. I may not have those washboard abs yet, but a mildly sore midsection means that those abs have been worked. A little soreness feels good once in a while, so try not to let it discourage you from exercising.
Fit's Tip: If you experience pain that lasts more than four days, you may have actually injured yourself and should consult a doctor.