It happens to every athlete at one point or another. The extreme soreness associated with working muscles harder or in a new way.
Soreness is not a bad thing, but everyone would prefer that the pain be as little as possible.
You should expect (and plan for) soreness in the following situations:
- When starting any kind of training program or new sport (You will be using muscles you probably didn’t even know you had)
- Amping up your training by duration or intensity level
- Your workout consisted of exercises that are new to you, or that you have not done for a while.
- Participating in a physical activity inconsistently (even a week off can cause soreness when starting back up)
- How you prepare for your workouts. This means hydrate and prepare your body so it can perform at its potential.
- What you do during your workouts. Keep hydrated and fuel your body if it is a longer workout.
- What you do after your workout. Within 30 minutes to an hour, you should consume something with high protein content. One of the most palatable choices is chocolate milk.