Why You’re Sore After a Workout

Some people thrive on it| some people hate it| but if you’re working out and challenging your body| you’ll definitely experience it: the day-after muscle soreness that makes you feel a little bit like you’ve been hit by a bus.

While it may be hard to sit after a circuit workout full of squats or you can’t raise your arms to brush your hair a day after a killer tricep-sculpting session| DOMS| or delayed-onset muscle soreness| should be a suffered through with pride. That soreness means that you’ve worked muscles you may not be using regularly or challenged already strong muscles in a way that will build even more strength. Either way| the soreness happens because your muscles have been worked and are better for it. “You’re basically tearing something and creating a micro trauma in the muscle|” says celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak. “When the muscle recovers| it’s going to recover stronger and denser than it was before.”

While you may feel sore mere hours after a workout| DOMS usually peaks a day or two after a sweat session. It’s nothing to worry about ¡ª in fact| you should be proud that you’re building body-sculpting| calorie-burning muscles ¡ª but you should recognize the difference between a good kind of pain like DOMS and the type of pain that could signal an exercise-related injury. In general| all-over soreness or aches| especially well after your workout is over| is fine. If you feel a sharp pain or a burning sensation in any muscle group while you work out| however| you should stop exercising| rest| and seek out expert advice as soon as possible.

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