Your muscles often feel sore after exercise because they've been exposed to a stress they're unaccustomed to. This stress can be from structured exercise like a workout but may also be felt after other physically straining events such as gardening, household activities or shoveling snow.
Does being sore indicate good workout?
The answer: Not really. While working your muscles until they're achy means you technically did tax your muscles, which helps them get stronger, it's actually not beneficial work in the long run.
What causes soreness in anaerobic exercise?
This happens because oxygen can't get to the muscle fast enough to keep up with the amount of energy the muscle needs. "When your muscles are making energy anaerobically, lactic acid is created as a byproduct," says Dr. Hedt.
How do I prevent sore muscles when working out?
The key is easing into new exercises and routines, which will help prevent damage to your muscles. “Progress slowly and be cautious,” he says. Stretching can also help you avoid sore muscles, but be mindful about which stretches you choose.
Should I push through soreness?
If you're experiencing pain or extreme soreness, the best thing to do is to rest and give your muscles or tendon the time they need to recover.
Is it OK to workout when muscles are sore?
The logical question: Should you be pushing through such soreness or resting your muscles. "Working out when sore is okay as long as it isn't affecting your movement to the point where it's causing you to compensate and do something in a way that's unsafe," says Dr. Hedt.