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30-Day Slim Down Challenge Day 13: Your Post-Workout Pain

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author image Deborah Day
Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of Maxim.com and executive editor of Premiere.com, she has been published on EW.com, TheWrap.com, Yahoo.com, LAmag.com and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
What's your body language saying?
What's your body language saying? Photo Credit Gracie Wilson/LIVESTRONG.COM; Adobe Stock

Are you in pain? If the answer is yes, we ask that you stop and take a moment to really listen to what your body is telling you.

You know that good kind of sore — you know, aching post-workout muscles? It's called delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Not to worry, it's your body telling you that the work you've been putting in is taking hold.

How to Fix Your Post-Workout Pain

However, if you feel pain that is more than muscle soreness, stop and take heed. We want you to push yourself and work hard toward your goals, but not to the point of injury. Don't let your ego or stubbornness put you on the sideline.

Always focus on proper form and safety. Learn how to identify different aches and pains so you'll know the difference between those you can safely keep working through and those that could be a serious warning sign.

Pain is your body's way of telling you, "Hey, ease off the throttle a little. You're pushing me a little too hard, and I don't want to get injured." (We're paraphrasing.) You need to be aware of your limitations and ensure that you've selected the proper activity for your fitness level. (Remember that whole thing about learning to crawl before you walk?)

3 Tips for Common Muscle Soreness

  1. Turn up the heat

    sit in a steam room, sauna, hot bath or take a nice hot shower

  2. Relieve the tension

    a CMT (certified massage therapist) can work out muscle tension and help you be more aware of signals from your body

  3. Bring on the foam

    we're not talking lattes here, we're talking about a foam roller, which can provide daily relief

Stay consistent, but always listen to your body. Knowing when to go easy can keep you stay STRONG. As always, if you feel sudden, severe pain that's sharp, stabbing or accompanied by chest pains, seek help immediately.

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Download the FREE MyPlate Calorie Tracker today. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

Why the MyPlate Calorie Tracker Helps You Lose Weight

Documenting your food and activity might seem like overkill, but it’s not. People who track their calories and physical activities enjoy greater success losing weight and keeping it off for good!

Tracking everything honestly is essential to making the 30-Day Slim Down Challenge work for you. Sometimes you’re not even aware of everything you consume, but once you start tracking it you’ll think twice before you make poor choices. And that’s a good thing.

With LIVESTRONG.COM’s free MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices — you can track it all:

  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
    - Exercise and activity
    - Weight
    - Water/hydration
    - BMI (Body Mass Index)

Get Daily Motivation in Our Facebook Group

For daily support, motivation and camaraderie with LIVESTRONG.COM team members, join our 30-Day Slim Down Facebook Group. We'll share daily recipes, tips, motivations, pictures and more! Plus, we'll answer all your questions.

Sign up for our newsletter if you want periodic reminders to get linked up with helpful LIVESTRONG.COM articles and tips.

Read More About Pain Management:

10 Drug-Free Solutions for Every Type of Pain
5 Foam Rolling Exercises to Relieve Sore Muscles
How to Alleviate Back Pain in 11 Simple Moves

Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Slim Down Challenge? If so, what is your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight loss fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM 30-Day Slim Down Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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