Muscle soreness after a challenging workout is something that every health conscious person is proud of accomplishing. It is, after all, a reminder that you worked hard to achieve better health. While soreness after a new or a particularly intense workout is normal, overexertion can have numerous serious consequences. However, you need to listen to your body and know when to slow down. Your muscles have to have time to recover from an intense workout.


According to experts, even when you are tempted to work out and be consistent, it can be dangerous and have long term consequences if you are not letting your body have enough time for your muscles to rest too. You need to understand that the muscle soreness you are experiencing is actually due to microscopic muscle damage. For your muscles to work in its optimal capacity again, you need to allow them to fully recover before working out again. A tired muscle that has not recovered fully is more susceptible to muscle tears or severe muscle damage.

How do you know when it is time to give your muscles a time to rest or worse needs medical attention?

Getting Out of Bed Is Extremely Painful

If you are having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, you are in too much pain to sit down or stand up the next day after an intense workout. It is a clear sign that you should let your body rest and recover. It is best to take a full day off to rest and allow your muscles the opportunity to repair themselves. Gentle stretching and massage can help relieve painful muscles. As your muscles begin to heal, you should notice a decrease in pain.

You Need Pain Reliever To Be Able To Exercise the Following Day

When you need to take a pain reliever just to “mask” the pain or muscle soreness, it is likely that your body did not have enough time to recover and you should take the proper time to rest. Avoid strenous activities until the muscle soreness goes away.

It Is Hard To Take The Stairs

When it is excessively difficult to walk up the stairs, you know that your body is asking you to rest. You can also try working out different muscle groups too. You can also try a low intensity and low-impact workout such as going for a walk or using the elliptical, bike ride or swimming to help your muscles recover.

When Your Muscles Are Still Too Sore Even After You Move

Sometimes, it is natural to feel muscle soreness when getting out of bed. However, if you still feel sore after you have been up for a little while, then it is a sign that your body is not ready for another set of exercise yet. As the day goes on, your muscle soreness should decrease and you should be able to resume your workout routine in the next day or so.

When You Experience Pain In One Area

Overall soreness is common, especially after an intense workout. Nonetheless, if you feel sharp, deep, or excessive pain in certain muscle groups, then it is your body’s way of telling you to rest. If the pain doesn’t subside after several days, you should schedule an appointment to see your doctor to rule out any potential damage to your muscles.

When You Feel Sore After Several Days

Muscle soreness may not necessary set in immediately, some people experience it several hours later or the next morning. However, if you still feel intense muscle soreness even after several days, your body is telling you to slow down and allow your body more time to recover.

If You Experience Dark Urine and Your Muscles Are Swollen

If you have dark urine and swollen muscles after an intense workout, see a doctor immediately. This could be a sign of a serious but rare condition known as rhabdomyolysis, a rare but life-threatening condition. This happens when the body is breaking down the muscles and releasing creatine kinase and myoglobin into the blood stream.

Muscle soreness isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it is an indication that your body needs to rest. Your muscles need time to repair themselves, especially after an intense workout. If you have any of the symptoms listed, you should schedule some time to rest or do some simple stretching. Working out is important but if don’t allow time for them to heal, you could cause long term problems especially if you tear your muscles and end up needing medical attention to recover. Then you will have to put your fitness goals on hold.

Have you ever dealt with severe muscle soreness after an intense workout? Did you have to take several days to rest?