10 Common Health and Fitness Myths Debunked

5) Myth: You didn’t work out hard enough if you’re not sore

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Your muscles getting sore one or two days after working out is quite common, especially if you haven’t worked out that muscle group in awhile.  This process of muscle tearing is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (or DOMS).  The soreness in the muscles results from microscopic tears resulting from high intensity exertion of the sore muscle group.  This tear is the way that muscles recreate themselves—into bigger better muscles.  If you have not exercised in awhile, the soreness will be excruciating.  However, as you keep at it, your wonderful body will adapt and the muscle tears are not as noticeable (via pain).  So if you are not sore after a workout, it just means your body has done its job in adjusting to the increased exertion—and not because you’re not working out hard enough.
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