Gym noises are frustrating and I hate them. They’re distracting, annoying, and make people hate going to the gym. I hate the yelling, the grunting, the moaning, and the steam engine blowing breath. But I hate slamming and dropping weights the most. But it’s just not because of the noise. Putting down your weight is just as important as picking it up.
For better or worse, our bodies are really efficient at storing energy for later. This is super helpful when we’re starving and need to find food to eat. It’s super unhelpful when we build up a big chunk of stubborn body fat from all this excess energy. Unfortunately, getting rid of this extra energy and fat isn’t as easy as just doing crunches to get rid of the belly. The body has its own process of using up and removing fat, and sometimes it’s not exactly what we want.
So you finally built up some well-deserved confidence, made it to the gym, tried some new things, logged in a hardcore workout, and went home feeling super accomplished and swole. And then you wake up the next day and you can’t move.
What is Soreness?
That soreness and tightness you feel long after a tough workout is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS. This is a bit different from the soreness you may feel during and right after a workout, known Acute Muscle Soreness, which goes away within a few minutes or hours.
DOMS usually kicks in 24 to 48 hours after a new exercise session. This is why you may feel even more sore two days after a particularly grueling workout, or the first time back into it after a long break. Have no fear, It usually goes away within a week.
Is Fat Bad?
Most of us have some body fat we’re trying to get rid of, and it can affect the way we see and feel about ourselves. But it’s important to remember that we as humans need fat in order to live. Developed as survival mechanism, body fat helps us when food and energy are not immediately available. Body fat is an easy way to store energy when we have a surplus, and allows us to tap into it when there’s scarcity. The trouble can come with too much excess fat.
I don’t have time to work out.
I wake up way too early so I can have just barely enough time to roll out of bed and head to work. By the time I’m home at the end of the day, I’m too exhausted to even think, let alone to run or lift weights.
This might sound familiar. Maybe it’s your life.
So what do you do? If you don’t have time to work out, how can you be expected to accomplish your fitness goals? Do you just give up and say that working out isn’t for you?
You could. Or you can reassess, get creative, and figure out a way make time to fit fitness into your life, and make working out work for you.
I don’t have time to work out.
I make time to work out.
You may have seen some folks at the gym lying and moving around on big foam tubes. If you’re just starting out in your fitness journey, you’ve probably wondered what the hell they’re doing, and why they look like they’re in so much pain on something that looks so comfortable. Well they’re definitely in pain, but it’s not quite torture. Those tubes are foam rollers, and they’re actually doing a type of stretch called Myofascial Release (MFR) Self Myofascial Release (SMR) or of course foam rolling. Is it worth the pain?