How To Cope With Pain After Exercise
Pain After Exercise
If you’ve got into a new exercise routine but are finding that you’re in pain after most of your sessions, there are a few things you can do to help your body recover.
An article for Health 24 said that even though some people will tell you that if you don’t ache the next day you haven’t worked hard enough, this isn’t necessarily true.
Physical therapist Heather Henry, from University Hospitals Avon Health Center in Ohio, explained that there’s no evidence that you get stronger from having achy muscles than not.
However, she added that some soreness after exercise is normal, because it’s caused by the tiny tears in your muscles repairing themselves.
“Muscle soreness is a process of growth for the body,” Ms Henry commented. She cautioned that you shouldn’t use this as a measure of how successful your workout is though, noting that keeping track of your heart rate, speed and endurance over time is a better way to assess your progress.
Ms Henry advised anyone experiencing muscle soreness after exercise to loosen up with some light aerobic activity for ten to 15 minutes. If you don’t feel any pain after that, you’re fine to continue training and up the intensity.
If, however, you experience any significant pain it’s important that you stop straight away. This is your body’s way of warning you that you could be causing damage, and if you continue you’re likely to suffer from a much more serious injury.
To reduce inflammation, you can apply ice to the affected area up to 48 hours after exercising, while having a massage can also help.
Self also recently recommended making sure you stay well hydrated, both during and after any exercise session, as well as eating enough protein to help your muscles recover.
If you’re concerned about any pain you’re experiencing, it won’t hurt to book an appointment with our osteopath in Manchester who may be able to offer your advice, as well as reduce the level of pain you’re in.