If you are a weekend warrior you know what I’m talking about. A few games of pick up basketball, hitting the Dipsea stairs or playing in a soccer tournament can leave you feeling fatigued, sore and stiff.
And when you wake up the next morning and you’re still sore from your activity of choice there is one thought that runs through your head. “Maybe I should skip my workout.” You may want to think again.
If you injured yourself or if you are sore to the touch, your range of motion is compromised or if you are bruised and swollen it’s best to skip a day.
If however, you didn’t injure yourself and are just experiencing muscle tightness and discomfort a day or so after your activity you should feel free to go about your workout business.
Now if you hit it hard over the weekend don’t be surprised if you are sore 3 even 4 days after – this is called delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s a real thing and nothing to be concerned about.
Soreness peaks about 48 hours after your activity and usually is better 72 to 96 hours after. So if, for example, you played in a soccer tournament on a Saturday, you may still be sore by Tuesday and even Wednesday. (If you are still experiencing sharp, severe, or worsening pain it’s best to consult with a doctor to rule anything out).
While the last thing you may feel like doing with achy legs is to run on them, it’s actually good for your body’s healing if you participate in some kind of activity. Maybe not run your usual 4 or 5 miles, but get out there and run an easy 3 miler or walk a few miles. Get the blood flowing, move that lactic acid around and promote healing.
You should be good as new soon!
Now go run!