Your Muscles: Pain and Gain?
One of the main problems that people seem to have with starting a new workout routine is to actually keep it going past the first day. Everything is fine on day one, but then you wake up on day two and you feel like you just got hit by a bus. Anything and everything from the very moment you wake up can be very painful and even just getting out of bed hurts way too much. The thing to realize is that there are many different causes when it comes to having sore muscles, and better yet, a lot of them are completely preventable. Having sore muscles after a long workout is normal, but there are also other kinds of pain that are not so normal. The trick is to be able to tell the difference between normal post workout muscle soreness and muscle pain that just isn’t right.
The main thing to realize is that there is in fact a huge difference between normal soreness and actual pain. The number one way to tell the difference between sore muscles and painful muscles is that a sore muscle feels like a constant dull pain that hurts just a little bit, but all of the time. And on the other hand pain is a very bad kind of pain that you get; it’s not dull, and many of the times it causes a jabbing or stabbing feeling in your muscles, bones, or joints. Remember, a little bit of soreness is normal, but real pain is definitely not. When you are exercising, if you feel any kind of sharp or harsh pain, then you need to stop exercising immediately, because if you don’t, you risk causing yourself even more serious injuries.
If you feel anything like a sudden and sever pain, swelling, excessive weakness in any limb, if you can’t place weight on a foot, if you can’t move any of your limbs or body parts in the full range of motion, if you have a dislocated or broken bone, or any kind of tingling or numbness, then you need to contact a doctor right away and get it checked out. Here are some of the different aches and pains that you can get during or after exercising, how you can prevent them, and how you can treat them.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
This is the kind of soreness that most people experience after exercising. It’s that feeling you have when you wake up the next day and your whole body has this dully, aching pain. Delayed onset muscle soreness is completely normal and it usually begins anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after you finish working out. It’s just the body’s natural way of adapting and growing after you have had a very intense workout session. This is because when you do a very intense workout, your muscles tear ever-so slightly, and these are called micro-tears. This isn’t a bad thing, because it’s how the body grows, and when these micro-tears heal, they heal bigger and stronger, which is how your muscles grow larger. It does however take your body a fair amount of time to repair these muscles, and that’s why some people may feel this soreness for up to 72 hours after working out. The great part about this is that the next time you do the same workout, you will be able to do it a lot easier, which means you can step up the reps or the weight level to make your muscles grow even more. The hard part is getting through the first few days, because the day after the first workout, or even the second and third