Muscles soreness can slow you down or make you cut out your training altogether. You can continue with your workouts and your cardio. Muscle soreness happens for two reasons:
1.Lactic acid build up, if you are feeling the burn as the muscle group you are working becomes more strenuous you muscles are burning oxygen, anaerobic glycolysis. This can be effectively flushed out by drinking water throughout your workout. Allowing time for warm up in the beginning and cooling down/stretching at the end will lessen the feeling of soreness by giving your body time to disperse it, and gently stretching tightened muscles. (see video)
2.Delayed muscle soreness, this is the typical soreness all weekend jock warriors feel Monday morning. You busted your body during sports or working out after a time of being sedentary and the muscles are telling you, there is a better way and that was fun, but unnecessary roughness. Building muscle occurs by small tears in the muscle fibers which call for a time of recovery. During recovery time is when your muscle is actually built. It’s unnecessary roughness if you do nothing again all week long and on the weekend again you “play hard.” This kind of activity leads to strains, sprains and possible more serious injury.
There’s no hurry
If you are unable to endure the pain, it’s possible you have any injury. See your health practitioner. If the pain last more than two to three days it is a sign of injury.
Muscle soreness creams
If you are completely new to fitness and have been sedentary for years, you can be sore for longer periods of time, especially each time you work a new muscle group. This kind of soreness “hurts so good” because it is the sign your muscles are coming alive again. There are some creams on the drugstore shelf and healthfood counters designed to relieve aching muscles. They are safe to use and may very well relieve you of your soreness the next day. Bonus. It’s also safe to take a couple of Tylenol or some type of safe over-the-counter pain relief medication. A muscle relaxer is not the thing to take for aching muscles due to working out, unless they have been prescribed by a doctor for an injury.
Drink plenty of water, non-caffeinated sports drinks work too (mix half water before with half sports drink. If you are working out two hours at a time or during extreme heat of the summer, drink the sport beverage straight because you will need your valuable electrolytes replaced.), during and after exercise and throughout the day and evening to “flush” your system and to keep your body hydrated. Tired, dehydrated muscles are of no use to you at a time when you are motivated to get back in shape.
Time off can lead to “getting lazy” again. If you are sore take the much needed time off, just don’t let it become your excuse for not getting fit.
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