Muscle soreness is good and useful but only if the body has enough time to recover and to benefit from hard training. If muscles are not given enough recovery time, small injuries can become large and dangerous. These can result in serious muscle injuries, whose recovery can require a very long and painful process, increased susceptibility to infection, and overtraining or even rhabdomyolysis. In short, the risk of long-term damage is just too great. If you are suffering from very severe muscle aches, take a break from training until you’re better again. In case of exceptionally severe pain lasting several days, we recommend you suspend training and see a doctor!
The good news: Over time, the body adapts, so with regular training, muscle soreness reduces and occurs less frequently. During acute muscle soreness, help promote regeneration actively: Drinking plenty of water, eating a protein-based diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals and having good sleep will recover your fitness more quickly than you think. Also heat treatment, e.g. in the form of visits to the sauna and hot baths, is perceived by many as pain relieving. In general: Listen to your body when it tells you that it is sore. Better wait a few days more, than a few weeks or months later!
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