After a great workout and sweat, many of us are left wondering about the post-workout muscle pain causes. These irritating results of an intense exercise session can deter some of us from keeping up the determination. It’s the determination and drive to work the muscle harder that leads to the pain.
However, if we take a closer look and examine the muscle pain causes, we see there is a number of steps in the process that lead to post-workout pain. The steps are: Pre-workout, workout and post-workout.
Before we go into a vigorous workout, our hope is to get the most out of our bodies and afterwards feel as if we accomplished something. It could be running five miles or working through a boot camp class at the local gym. If we do accomplish our pre-workout goals, then one result will be pain. Everyone gets it. It is actually a sign that you are working your body hard and accomplishing exercise goals. However, there several skipped pre-workout routines that can lead to pain.
- Warm Up – Some of us either skip or lazily run through a pre-muscle burn stretch. It seems logical to stretch out the muscles before a workout. But, the eagerness to get to the weights, track or wherever can leave the warm up forgotten. This can lead to the muscles being shocked into action without a good stretch beforehand to loosen them up, resulting in even more intense aches. The warm up should consist of dynamic stretches, as static stretches can lead to injury if your muscles aren’t warm.
- Hydration – Without a hydrated body, the muscles will not work as good leading to pain. Again, like stretching, fueling up with water or other hydration drinks beforehand is essential for the muscles to have full capability. This also goes for throughout the workout. Maintaining a hydration level is good for the body as a whole. Lack of water or not enough to compensate for such a sweaty workout can lead to muscle pain.
During a workout session that is either new to you or a little more intense than usual, it is good to keep in mind the eventual soreness. In medical terminology, the post-workout pain is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Muscle fibers get such a workout sometimes that the pain is inevitable.
- Rest – Sometimes too quick of a workout can lead to pain. If it is between sets of working the chest muscles with weights or if it is between games of tennis the muscles need a bit of rest to recover from the intensity of a lift or three set match. Depending on the type of workout, the amount of rest can vary. A couple of minutes between a set of bench presses can help them recover and not strain as much on the next set. If it was a tough game of tennis and you intend on playing another, then it is good to have a time of recovery. If not, then the muscle stress will be greater.
- All of the Above – It is accepted and expected that muscle pain will happen, especially if your aim is to accomplish a great workout. However, to skip over stretching, re-hydrating and proper rest can lead to even more pain for a longer duration. By skipping over those three things, it can lead to even more.
The muscle pain means success, but it can be bothersome and prevent you from going to that level of exercise again. Never fret the eventual sore legs or an aching lower back, but address the causes to lessen the impact.