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 — those achy, 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.
When Your Post-Workout Pain Is More Than DOMS
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
- Turn up the heat**.** Sit in a steam room, sauna, hot bath or take a nice hot shower. The heat will help your muscles relax.
- Relieve the tension. A CMT (certified massage therapist) can work out muscle tension and help you be more aware of signals from your body.
- Bring on the foam. We're not talking lattes here; we're talking about a foam roller, which can provide relief to your tired, aching muscles.
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.
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 Get Lean in 2017 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!
- Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
- Exercise and activity
- BMI (Body Mass Index)
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