It’s normal to feel sore after a workout, but if you experience pain during or after exercise, it’s important to pay attention to it. Here are some guidelines to help you determine if your exercise-related pain is normal or if you should be concerned:

  • Muscular soreness: This is a normal response to exercise, particularly if you’re trying a new activity or increasing the intensity of your workouts. It’s caused by small tears in your muscle fibers, which your body will repair and strengthen as it recovers. Muscular soreness is usually felt as a dull ache and is most common 24-48 hours after exercise.
  • Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS): This is a type of muscular soreness that  typically occurs 24-48 hours after exercise and can last for up to 72 hours. It is caused by the breakdown of muscle fibers during exercise and is a normal part of the muscle-building process.
  • Sharp or severe pain: If you experience sharp or severe pain during or immediately after exercise, this may be a sign of an injury. It’s important to stop the activity and seek medical attention if the pain does not go away or if it is accompanied by swelling, redness, or difficulty moving the affected area.
  • Persistent pain: If you continue to experience pain or discomfort during or after exercise, even after taking a few days to rest and recover, it’s important to speak with a kinesiologist. Persistent pain may be a sign of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.

It’s always a good idea to listen to your body and pay attention to any pain or discomfort you may be feeling during or after exercise. If you’re unsure whether your pain is normal or if you should be concerned, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and speak with a kinesiologist. They can help you determine the cause of your pain and provide appropriate treatment.

At Longevity, we can help you scale up your exercise while minimizing risk of pain by monitoring your load, intensity and volume.