We’re all too familiar with the can’t-feel-my-legs-after-gym-day feeling. We live for those aches. We wear our sore like a medal. Why? Because it is proof of the workout that we just killed yesterday. Beat our long time personal record of bench press? Sore muscles are a necessary side effect to this glory. Never mind that we can barely move our legs much less our arms.
So what is this ache that most gym buffs crave fort and wear with pride for the next 24 to 48 hours? What they’re most probably hankering for is DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s the welcome side effect of a job well done at the gym. But how would one be able to tell a good sore from a bad sore? Today, we’re going to find out.
The good type of muscle soreness should ease away the next time you hit the gym (or the road if you’re a runner or a biker). Your muscles will start to warm up to new activity and your soreness will be a thing of the past . . . at least for the next hour or so. But if you find yourself wincing from pain in every move you bust, then that is a point of concern. There is a possibility that you are nursing an injury.
Never mind ID-ing a large area, that’s normal. What we’re looking out for here is a concentrated ain that can be pin pointed with just a finger. When you are able to do this, then something isn’t quite right. You might have pulled something or strained a muscle or a tendon.
Have you been feeling the burn for too long? Most athletes tend to dismiss this thinking that it’s normal. But know this, if your soreness extends up to five, six, or even seven days then you are a likely candidate for an injury. Don’t idle and go see your doctor.