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The one thing that sucks about working out for the first time is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Everyone hates being sore, but it’s the only way to get those 20inch guns.
Everyone always asks for an instant cure-all on how to instantly stop soreness, but the fact is that there is no proven method to get rid of it. On the other hand, there are things that you can do to keep the soreness minimal and last the least amount of time.
Muscle soreness is your body repairing the micro tears created in your muscles from a good workout. So if you think about it logically, the best thing a person can do is help give the body everything it needs to complete its job.
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The first step is to take a multivitamin. Now, I’m not suggesting that you have to go to a local GNC and buy yourself a $50 bottle of vitamins. I would recommend going to a local Costco or Walmart and buy a 4 dollar bottle of your essential vitamins. If the body is deficient in any needed minerals or vitamins, it won’t perform at top performance or repair itself quickly.
A multivitamin fixes this problem, and it’s one of the cheapest investments you can. Most people around the world are deficient in something, from iron to vitamin D. I would recommend this to people who don’t even workout.
Right after working out, consider taking a cold bath or shower. The cold water can even feel good after a hard workout. Fine, maybe they always suck. But cooling your body down right after can reduce the amount of DOMs. (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness)
The Morning After
The next morning when you start to feel the soreness, consider going on a quick 5-minute run to get the blood flowing. (if it hurts right after the workout, that is a pain, not soreness) I have nothing science wise to say about this other than it works.
Just like when a soccer player plays a hard game and feels dead the next day, once the muscles get warmed up the pain is almost non-existent. Well, until you stop. But a light jog does the job.
Not Lifted For A While?
Sometimes after a super intense workout or a workout that was the first time since 1988, it's a good idea to take some Tylenol. Ibuprofen (Tylenol) has been proven to help reduce inflammation which directly reduces the soreness a person experiences from DOMS.
Sometimes the soreness makes you want to quit and never workout again, but don’t let that happen! Although taking meds isn’t ideal, some ibuprofen might do the trick if it means the motivation to continue working out stays.
DOMS = Delayed onset muscle soreness
Think about the exact area affected. For instance, if you worked out your biceps, if it hurts all across the muscle then it’s sore. But if it hurts in just one spot, like just right at the end of the bicep near your forearm, then it MIGHT mean you either made a small tear or stretched out a ligament to far.
But if the pain is in the middle of the muscle, you shouldn’t worry since it’s just soreness. So use some logic and consider what part of the flesh is hurting you the most and what is underneath that skin in that specific spot.
Knowing The Difference Between DOMS And Something Else!
Now I understand the feeling, as I know I am a wussy towards soreness, but sometimes the pain is so severe that you can barely carry out normal activities like picking up a backpack or picking up a frying pan. Usually, this happens after a long time working out in my case, and by the next workout, I feel soreness for half the time and half the pain.
But these unusual cases are what I call soreness based pain. Essentially so much soreness that it qualifies as pain. If this emergency does happen, make sure to rest your muscles before working out again. Or else it will be an endless cycle and pain and tears. NO PAIN NO GAIN!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor so if you are feeling real pain, don’t consult an online article and seek out an actual doctor immediately!
DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) Recap
There is no way to eliminate the amount of soreness felt by DOMS, but reducing it is quickly done with a few natural remedies. It’s like taking cold medicine to alleviate a cold. Make yourself feel better and gym on!