Pay attention to what your muscles are trying to tell you
When your muscles work harder than usual; it creates tiny micro-tears, leaving you with sore muscles the day after a strenuous workout. Thinking, if there is a way to prevent formation of these tears in the first place, so you can save yourself from the pain? But you would actually be wanting them more after knowing that they play a vital role in your fitness regimen. Yes, when your body repairs those tears that is when you build muscles. So, if you are still aching after a day or two, it’s your muscles way of telling you that you need to go easy. If you think you have pushed yourself too hard, keep yourself hydrated and do some light aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging. Image source : Shutterstock
Poor exercise techniques often lead to injuries, if you are hurt, its possible you may have injured something. It is pivotal for you to pay attention to timing and symmetry to figure out whether you have a sore muscle or you actually have pulled a muscle. A muscle strain often involves the sudden onset of pain during certain movements in one muscle, whereas post-workout soreness begins up to 72 hours after exercise. Besides, you will experience post-workout soreness on both sides of the body, whereas, soreness due to a pulled muscle only occur on one side. Image source : Shutterstock
You may probably know that cramps occur when a muscle contracts involuntarily. According to experts, the causes of spasms are many but dehydration is most likely to increase the risk. Therefore, its best to avoid exercises in extreme heat or take frequent breaks to rehydrate and to prevent cramping or more serious injury. Image source : Shutterstock
Your body need more than just water to maintain a proper fluid balance. You need to replenish minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium as well. The depletion of these important salts and water can restrict blood flow, resulting in muscle injury, pain, and cramping. Not a fan of sugary sports drinks? Foods like bananas, salted peanut butter, seaweed, and milk are good enough to do the job as they can help replace electrolytes. Image source : Shutterstock
Are you feeling achy for no apparent reason? May be, your muscles are warning you that you are getting sick—especially if you're also a bit queasy or sluggish. The inflammatory process the body uses to fight viruses is what causes muscle aches when you have the flu. Image source : Shutterstock
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