An inevitable part of exercising and training hard in the gym is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), where your body aches or feels stiff in certain places.
This is entirely normal and can happen to anyone, regardless of how fit they are, although you are more likely to experience symptoms after trying a new activity or pushing yourself harder than you typically would.
Being in tune with your body and listening to it is an important part of keeping fit and healthy and you’ll find that your body tells you everything you need to know about when to rest and when to really go for it.
While DOMS is normal and largely to be accepted, it’s essential to be able to identify the difference between this and other twinges, aches and pains that should not be ignored.
If, for example, you experience a sharp pain anywhere that restricts your mobility and range of motion, stop what you’re doing immediately. Don’t continue to train through the pain, as you could cause serious damage, keeping you away from exercise for longer.
Twinges are also a sign that your form may be off, so don’t just ignore it and hope that it’ll go away. Stop what you’re doing, assess your form and start again, moving through the motions slowly so you can find out where you’re going wrong and correct it as you go.
Also be mindful of any pain that doesn’t resolve itself with rest or rehab. If pain persists after a few days, it’s advisable to seek medical advice to find out what the problem is.
Constant pain or that which gets worse over time should also not be ignored and it’s always a good idea to have this checked out, as well.
If you’re worried about aches and pains you currently have, get in touch with us for a physio session and sports massage. We’re sure to have you back out there doing what you love pain-free in no time.