So you finally built up some well-deserved confidence, made it to the gym, tried some new things, had 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 really bad? Most of us have some fat we’re trying to get rid of, and it can affect the way we see ourselves. 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 only comes from excess fat.
Most of us have some 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 comes with excess fat.
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. Is it worth the pain?
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?
If you are new to the world of fitness, you probably have a lot of questions about what you need to get started. Possibly the most important question is, of course, what do you wear? When choosing the best clothes to exercise in, there are a lot of things to think about, and a lot of options out there with great marketing campaigns. Cut through the jargon and figure out what you really need.
So it’s been three months since you’ve started working out consistently, tracking your progress, logging your meals, and writing down your workouts along the way, and you’ve seen amazing improvements overall. Your mood has improved, you lost 5 pounds, your waistline has dropped by two sizes, and life is good. But no matter how many bicep curls and bench presses you do, you still have those dreaded Goodbye Arms: that stubborn bit of flab under your arms that jiggle relentlessly when you wave. No matter how many crunches and planks you do, you still have a big chunk of belly fat. Why is this happening!?
Whenever you’re making a change, especially starting a new healthy lifestyle, it’s a great idea to track your progress. Tracking is an easy way to quantify your changes, and see what kind of difference it is making on your life. Keeping track of the impact of exercise allows you to see how well you’re doing and helps boost your motivation to push through and continue your new habits. In combination with Effective Goal Setting, you can easily know how far you are in your journey to reaching your goals, and it can help you to set new goals to keep your change going.