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Workout Fatigue- Good or Bad?

Workout Fatigue- Good or Bad?

We often assume that the more pain that we experience after a workout, the more fat we are losing. Well, this is not the case, especially if you end up feeling sore, tired and less rejuvenated repeatedly after a workout. This is a clear sign that your body is finding it hard to keep up with the routine.

Many of us with an intention to lose weight tend to overwork our bodies and end up feeling fatigued and most often, skip the next day's workout due to pain and soreness.

How does one differentiate between good and bad soreness levels?

Hardcore training doesn't always serve the purpose of weight loss or fitness, because too much training can make your muscles too sore and tired and this will soon strain the central nervous system and leave you feeling drained. Experts say that when one progresses through this same routine very slowly, they may end up feeling terrible and have mood swings.

"There is no such thing as 'no pain, no gain' while working out," points out fitness expert, Wanitha Ashok. She goes on to explain that the muscle soreness one experiences the next day is usually due to the accumulation of lactic acid. This is a by-product of weight training and can be gotten rid of with the right type of stretches. Some other experts recommend adequate rest, cool down exercises, good hydration and the right diet with a balance of carbohydrates and proteins as other ways to deal with muscle fatigue.

Workout fatigue and soreness can be prevented by making sure that you smart train rather than over train. Keep in mind that in any exercise routine, no single muscle group is over stressed. Cross training i.e. training yourself to do different types of activities (weight training, cardio-exercises, sports etc.) will make sure that all your muscles are worked equally.

Tips that may help you feel great after a workout:

  1. Get ample amount of sleep, because if your body is tired then the feeling of soreness will be aggravated.
  2. Do a warm-up before your workout.
  3. Eat well so that your body has enough fuel to workout effectively.
  4. Stretch your muscles after a workout.
  5. Keep yourself well hydrated.
  6. If you're feeling extremely tired, don't strain your body, instead lower the intensity of your workout.
  7. Low-impact exercises can increase blood flow to your muscles and can relieve soreness.
  8. Give yourself time to recover, and keep away from training the same muscle groups two days in a row.

Along with the above mentioned tips, it is important to take note of the aches that you experience often since this may indicate a medical condition!