If you woke up this morning and the first word out of your mouth was “Ouch!” You might have started a new workout routine! A lot of us do at the beginning of the year, and our bodies might not be happy about it!
Experts say that there are over 600 muscles in the human body, and when we start a new exercise routine, it often feels like every muscle is sore at once!
The technical term for being so sore that you have to crawl around your house on your stomach, cause you “Just. Can't. Walk,” is “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.” Have you had this happen? The first day after a new, really hard workout, you're like “I don't feel too badly!” Then, the next day comes. Can't. Move.
This happens to me a lot. In fact, I started a new routine yesterday and I feel pretty good today. I'm scared to crawl out of bed tomorrow, however! That's when it will get me!
Does this mean that I pushed too hard? Maybe. Experts say that the soreness is a result of “micro traumas” in your muscles. This may sound bad, but don't take it as an excuse to stop working out!
The best thing to do if you're super-sore from your workout is to get back into things with light exercise, stretch a bit and take a rest day or two. But, it's still important to keep up with the workouts…even though you WILL be sore again! And, have no shame about crawling on the floor, if you must!