If you have ever started a new workout program, or worked out extra hard, then you will know that being sore after a workout is not fun. But did you know that there are 3 different types of muscle soreness, and each one requires different remedy to help ease it?
1. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
2. Typical Muscle Soreness (TMS)
3. Injury caused muscle soreness
So what is DOMS? It usually appears 24-72 hours after a very strenuous workout and is caused because of severe muscle break down. It does not mean that the muscle was damaged, but just broken down to build up to a better muscle for next time. It is the way the muscles adapt to perform at their peak. If you are looking to avoid this, then when starting a workout program, do not overdo it the first week or two, but rather build up to working harder and then you can push by the third week. It also helps to take vitamin C to help the muscles rebuild themselves. I drink the results and recovery formula which has all the things your muscles need to recover quickly. If you do get sore this way, it is good to work out again and get blood flow to that area to help it recover, but just reduce your workout intensity so that your body can recover.
TMS is the lighter soreness that appears more quickly than DOMS. It is caused by lactic acid in your muscles and the recovery from it is similar, but when you work out, just go for it, and you will not even notice the soreness half way through the workout. Blood flow to the muscles and vitamin c is the best you can do for those sore muscles.
When you receive an injury, it is evident right away. Stop what you are doing, and Ice the area. Compress and try not to move it. It is a good idea to go see a doctor for an injury, because you do not want to make it worse and last even longer. Rest, ice and compress.
Hope this helps you in your quest to become healthier! Don’t be afraid of getting a little sore, because that is a sign that your body is growing and adapting and your muscles are becoming more efficient. Let’s Bring It!