Should we really be working for that day after burn?
We’ve all heard it, we’ve all said it, but is it what we really need?
‘No pain, no gain’ basically translated means if you aren’t ridiculously sore the day after your workout then you won’t see any results.
This is not necessarily the case. Just because you don’t feel sore, it doesn’t mean your workout was pointless and you will never get that hour of your life back. You should not base the success of your workout on your level of next-day soreness. Just as you shouldn’t base the quality of your workout on how much you sweated.
The fact is, while some muscle soreness can be normal—and even motivating for some—to date, there is a lack of scientific evidence effectively demonstrating that excessive soreness translates to better results.
Having said that, progressively overloading the body leads to improved fitness. Progressively overloading the body is also strongly linked to that next-day muscle soreness.
We must apply a greater challenge to the body in the form of different activity, heavier weights, increased intensity or mode of activity to experience long-term results. Keep in mind this must be done gradually and safely.
Overloading at an excessive rate and encouraging repeated muscle soreness can lead to overuse injuries which in turn can lead to you needing to take time off to heal.
Instead of striving for muscle soreness, rate your workout based on your short and long-term goals. Aim to do 2 more reps, check your measurements or try fitting into those old ‘skinny’ jeans.
If you’re constantly challenging yourself and setting the bar higher, if you’re enjoying your workout time and seeing results in yourself, you can rest assured your attitude to exercise is on the right track.