Sore muscles can be caused by excessive strain, unbalanced exercise or untrained muscles: Everyone will have experienced sore muscles at some point, whether working in the office, gardening, playing sport without training, overdoing weight training. It’s not necessarily a bad thing: Sore muscles are an indication that the muscles are growing. Although it means that muscle fibers are torn, the body repairs the damage so that the muscle is larger in the end.
What can I do to stop sore muscles? Prevention is better than cure!
Firstly, your training regime is important here. If you’re a beginner or have had a long break it’s a good idea to start slowly and then increase the workload gradually. Warming up and stretching are a very good idea too, but they don’t protect against sore muscles if you strain them. Stretching sore muscles can even cause damage and is only advisable after plenty of rest.
Although it is not scientifically proven, many sportsmen and women are convinced that magnesium prevents sore muscles. It’s a fact that this trace element promotes the body’s production of protein. Magnesium in turn strengthens muscle building. Thus is increases performance and loosens up your muscle, particularly for sport.
What helps with sore muscles?
There has been a lot of discussion by experts on whether to continue training with sore muscles or not. So far they agree that training with sore muscles doesn’t help but many people still feel better if they continue to train. But the experts advise you to keep the training gentle to avoid increasing the risk of serious muscle injury such as a torn muscle fiber.