Working Out and Muscle Soreness
Just because you aren’t sore doesn’t mean you didn’t get a killer workout! SO many people associate being sore with an awesome workout but just because you don’t get sore doesn’t mean your workout was anything short of awesome! If you are still seeing results, your workouts are working, whether you are sore or not.
When we workout and move our body, muscles are contracting (concentric movement) and lengthening (essentric movement). In order for our body to move, lift, jump, etc. our muscles must contract. When muscles are pushed past their limits and maybe lengthened a bit too much, it can cause small micro tears that can cause muscle soreness and fatigue. This can occur 12-72 hours after the actual movement or workout. This is actually called DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) Soreness doesn’t happen right away, it usually takes a day to 3 days to feel.
When you are starting an exercise program for the first time, you may notice you get sore more often for a while. This is because you are doing something your body is not use to doing and muscles are being worked in ways they may not have been worked in a while. Once your body adjusts to what you are doing, your muscles may not be forced to stretch past their limits, which will decrease or eliminate soreness.
After you have been doing similar exercises, it is common to not get as sore or possibly not sore at all. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Think of it as your body recovering faster, getting stronger and overall you are becoming a fitter version of you. Isn’t that the goal of any exercise program anyways? The reason we change the position of our grip, reps, sets, intensity and time of our workouts, as seen in my PLANS, is to keep our body responding and never fully adapting to the same day in and day out workout. The same movement done a few different ways will keep your body continuing to change and respond while keeping your head in the game.
Remember, if your body is continuing to make changes and you are seeing progress, you are doing things right! Progress doesn’t just come as a number on the scale but rather an overall feeling. Are you getting stronger, both mentally and physically? Are you feeling accomplished? Progress comes in all shapes and sizes and if you are seeing and feeling progress, your training plan is working so sore or not sore, keep at it! If you feel like you are no longer making progress, are bored (this is a big one), and you aren’t looking forward to your workouts,, then it might be time for you to switch things up and try a new PLAN or way to challenge your body. The goal is to continue to have fun with your training and overall fitness. When your head is in the game, your body will follow.
Remember, soreness doesn’t equate to a killer workout! Just because you aren’t getting sore doesn’t mean your workouts are lacking! Keep digging deep, you are doing awesome!!
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