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Post-workout soreness: good pain vs bad pain

Updated: Feb 10, 2019



We have all heard the expression ‘no pain, no gain’.

Some soreness after exercise is normal, particularly if you haven’t been to the gym for a while, or tried a new regime. Some people wear their post-workout pain like a badge of honour – the sign of a good session.

But not all exercise-related aches were created equal, and its important to know the difference between good and bad pain, as well as whether you should push through it or stop and seek help.

The good pain

Feeling achy and stiff after a new HIIT class? Having trouble walking down the stairs after upping the weight on the squat rack? This is generally attributed to delayed onset muscle soreness or ‘DOMS’.

Changing or increasing the intensity of your workout can lead to microscopic tears in the muscle fibres, causing them to swell. As the fibres repair themselves, this can result in some discomfort for between 24 and 48 hours after you exercise.

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