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Pay attention to what your muscles are trying to tell you

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 24, 2017
An intense workout can often leave you with sore muscles and you can barely move your arms and legs to do even the simpler of tasks afterwards. We all have been there! But did it ever occur to you that your muscles are actually giving you feedback about how you’re feeling? It’s a no brainer to understand why you would have sore glutes after doing a million squats, but what about those weird muscle cramps, shakes and serious aches that you experience after sweating out in the gym. Here is what your muscles want you to know.
  • 1

    Your body needs a rest day

    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

    Your body needs a rest day
  • 2

    You pulled a muscle

    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 pulled a muscle
  • 3

    You're not drinking enough water

    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

    You're not drinking enough water
  • 4

    You need electrolytes

    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

    You need electrolytes
  • 5

    You're under the weather

    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

    You're under the weather
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