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How To Prevent Aching Muscles

Jun 20, 2008
If you're new to working out at the gym it's not uncommon to overdo the training, resulting in sore and aching muscles. This is not harmful in any way, but this pain that's experienced as a tightening, dull, local pain can lessen your strength for a while and is actually the body's way to say that it needs to rest to be able to recover properly.

What happens on a cellular level is that the fibers in the muscle are being torn, which causes the muscle cell to release content. The cell content attracts inflammatory cells and they release chemicals that irritate the nerve fibers and causes pain.

You should always aim to work out in a way that doesn't give you muscle soreness, but sometimes it just happens anyway. If your muscles ache it's good to know that there are a few things you can do about it.

A stretch after your work out is essential to lower the risk of muscle soreness. This makes the blood and lymphatic circulation flow with more ease, which prevents tightness and stiffness in the muscles.

A massage is a great way of getting the circulation in that specific body part going and makes it easier to flush the inflammatory cells. Do it slowly, start softly and increase the pressure a little bit at a time.

After a good work out, it's a great idea to have some time in a sauna or to have a hot bath. The heat makes the circulation more efficient and it releases tension in your body.

Light exercise can also give relief to sore muscles. Go for a walk or do some swimming for example. This is to make the blood flow with more ease and it also helps the muscles to stay loose and relaxed.

Before you start your work out with weights, you want to make sure you've given your body a good warm up. This increases the circulation and the muscles get relaxed and loose so that they will be able to perform the tasks they are being set to deal with more efficiently and without the risk of injury.

Always listen to your body and let the pain be a reminder for you to be easier on the weights next time. You don't gain muscles quicker if you're in pain all the time, instead your body will get tired and the body won't be able to create new cells as fast as they are being torn. Let your body rest and find the right weight for you and you will gain muscles much faster.
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