It is tough to work out while sore but important to know when it is okay and when you should take it easy.
If you have extreme soreness such as being inhibited from doing regular movement you should probably take it easy as it could be something serious. This pain is called DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and requires lots of rest to recover. Mild soreness may not feel comfortable but you are still able to complete a regular work out.
You can also help your body from becoming too sore by changing up your workout. Try doing different body parts from day to day. You should not work any single body part every day of the week. Pay attention to your body and rest when needed.
- That soreness you feel after a tough workout almost feels like a badge of honor, right?
- You upped the intensity on leg day or you tacked on a few more miles to your long run and you’re feeling strong.
- Until one day you push it too far and that hurts-so-good feeling turns into pain.
“The anti-dote to DOMS? Recovery, and lots of it.”