May 15, 2014
As a registered clinical exercise physiologist, I hear many comments and questions about muscle soreness, so let’s talk about it here.
Researchers are not completely sure what causes muscle soreness. The bottom line is that muscle soreness is very natural in the first 24 hours after doing a new exercise or increasing exercise intensity.
However, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is a sign of more (temporary) damage to muscles. It usually takes a bit longer to show up and much longer to go away.
The important take away is that you do not need to feel soreness to gain the benefits of exercise, and you should not feel sore after every exercise session.
Start slowly and progress gradually to prevent injury and soreness that will keep you from needing more that one day off to recover.
Check out this information on delayed onset muscle soreness from the American College of Sports Medicine.
Have a great week!
Keep Moving, Be Well!