Exercising with muscle pain: go or no go?
You wake up in the morning and you immediately feel that you have been exercising: sore muscles! For some it is a great feeling and for others it can be very unpleasant. For people who exercise a lot, it can still raise questions. Is it wise to start training again today? Won’t I destroy my muscles? Or is it good to keep my muscles busy?
What is muscle pain anyway?
Muscle pain is small damage that occurs in the muscles. Your muscles are currently not used to the training you are doing at that moment. This can cause muscle pain the next day or even the day after. This will go away by itself.
How does muscle pain arise?
Muscle pain occurs because the muscles in your body are not used to this intensity. If you do not train regularly, then there is a good chance that you will get muscle pain every time.
If you train regularly, then the muscle pain will become less. The damage in your muscles will repair itself. In fact, your body reacts so well to it that you get stronger muscles afterwards and the next time, provided you train regularly, you will be stronger and you get less muscle pain.
Do or do not exercise with muscle pain?
To immediately answer this burning question: yes, you can just exercise with muscle pain. It can also feel a little unpleasant because the damage is affected, but your body can handle it. It can be that you are less strong, because some movements can feel a little unpleasant. Because of this, you may not be able to get everything out of your workout.
How do I prevent muscle pain?
Regularity is key. If you exercise regularly, your body will get used to the exercise and you will have less muscle pain. Many people think that if they do not feel muscle pain, they have not trained well. This is not true. If you have severe muscle pain every time and you do train consistently, then you are training too hard. So try to find a balance!
The conclusion is that you can just go work out with sore muscles. Keep an eye on your muscle pain. Do you have muscle pain too often? Then make sure that you train a little less heavy and find balance. Good luck! ☺