It’s called DOMS. Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness.
It from overtaxing the muscles. It’s common when you’re working on increasing the weights or trying a completely new routine that has you moving in ways you have not done in a while/ever.
It’s totally normal and there are things you can do to lessen it.
- Make sure you’re hydrating. If you’re a big sweater, add in electrolytes.
- Use a preworkout and post-workout to get proper nutrition in your system to aide in recovery.
- Active recovery is key! Stretching after, use of a foam roller and some cardio after a heavy session can help your muscles recover in a lengthened state.
- It usually peaks at 2-3 days after the workout, so embrace it and plan for it. If you get very sore you might want to schedule another kind of workout. Yoga, walking, swim laps or cycling. Be active but do something else
- Reward yourself for your hard work. So many healing options are becoming more popular. Cyrotherapy booths, Infrared Saunas or get a nice deep tissue massage. All designed to aid in recovery.
- Start all over on Monday and enjoy! It means your muscles are growing and changing and that’s not a bad thing!
If it doesn’t resolve in a few days and you’ve laid off the workouts, then it might be something else and it’s a good idea to check with your MD.