“Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your bodyweight gets down to your goal-weight.

What sore muscles really mean

When you start exercising for weight loss – especially if you’ve followed my advice and are doing some strength training – you’re going to feel sore for a while.

Your muscles will feel stiff, sensitive, and possibly even damaged (if you’ve been training hard). This feeling can be worrying, both to you, and for your progress. Many people experience muscle soreness and see this as a badge of honour, and many others use it as an excuse that they were not made to do this kind of training because soreness is obviously a bad thing.

Both of these views are problematic.

You see, muscle soreness is simply a reaction to a new stimulus. It will be there for the first few workouts, and goes away once your body is used to the training input.

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You may experience a bit of soreness again every now-and-then when you do a tough session, or a new exercise, but you’ll otherwise be pretty free from this feeling, even though you are training hard. If you teach yourself that soreness equals a productive workout, then you’ll be needing to feel sore all the time, and overdo your training.

On the other hand, if you walk away from training because you feel sore then you’re obviously losing out in a big way too.

The bottom line?

Soreness in your muscles is neither good, nor bad. It’s just something your body goes through after you’ve done an effective workout. It does not mean you have made progress in building your muscles just because they are sore. It is also not a life-threatening problem. Treat it as such and keep training! The symptoms of progress area far more obvious than muscle soreness!

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