You work hard all week, so when the weekend finally rolls around, you want to play just as hard. There's nothing like a few rounds of golf, a hike in the mountains, or an intense workout at the gym to help you feel recharged.
But all of that exercise can cause soreness and stiffness that shows up a day or two later. Don't get sidelined by muscle pain. Find out the causes and treatments so you can stay on your game.
What's Causing My Sore Muscles?
It's normal to have sore muscles after you work out, play sports, or even do housework, especially if:
- You did something you're not used to, like running a marathon when you normally jog just a few miles.
- You suddenly kicked up your exercise intensity level or increased the length of your workout.
- You did unusual exercises that lengthen instead of shorten your muscle, like walking downhill or extending your arm during a bicep curl.