Listen: What Muscle Soreness Says About Your Workout
"Freeze. No pain. No gain is a myth. If you've ever been hard on yourself because you didn't feel sore after a workout then listen up because soreness does not mean, you got a good workout. But it feels really good to feel sore after a workout it totally does. Yeah. I absolutely the day after I'm like, yes. That was so good. All I feel like death. It's awesome to it in that voice. Yes. Awesome. That's my that's my workout voice. So first of all, here's why your muscles. Get sore the technical term is delayed onset muscle soreness, which you typically feel between one and three days after a workout. We don't totally. Understand what causes it. But it's probably because when you exercise you create microscopic tears in your muscles, and those tears cause inflammation, and an increased feeling of pain most exercises can cause this feeling. But the biggest defender is anything that requires eccentric contraction that's the link thinning phase of a movement. Like when you lower await or you run downhill another big cause is just doing an exercise. You're not used to doing like starting a new workout program or going on a five mile hike when you haven't gotten out in a while. The thing is that inflammation around your tiny muscle. Tears means your muscles are rebuilding themselves and getting stronger, but that doesn't necessarily mean soreness equals muscle growth, muscle damage, isn't the only way muscles grow. And that's soreness isn't a really good indicator of how much muscle damage, you even have a paper in strength and conditioning journal found that participants felt that pain even when there was no evidence of muscle damage. Think about this the more you do an exercise the less. Tore you feel afterward if soreness meant muscle growth, wouldn't that mean, you get all the benefits of an exercise the first few times, you did it in that case, why would bodybuilders keep lifting and marathoners keep running? No, the reason you don't get as soared the more. You do an exercise is the repeated bout effect. That's an adaptation your body makes after the first workout to make sure your muscles aren't as damaged the next time. And like I already said damage is not the only pats is stronger muscles feeling great the day after a workout doesn't necessarily mean you slack off. It could mean you're getting fitter as much as some fitness buffs love to hurt. So good. It's not always necessary and feeling to sorta workout is a guaranteed way to slow your progress. As always the key is balance you're saying if you do work out, and you do feel sore once or twice. That's okay. Yeah. There's nothing wrong with feeling sore. But there's also nothing wrong with not feeling sore."