Any type of exercise you participate in is going to result in stiff muscles. This is the one by-product of exercising that most people fear and try to avoid. However, this article is going to explain why having stiff muscles is a good thing.
If you’re new to exercising or worried about trying a new style of exercise and the risks of muscle stiffness and soreness, this article is for you. To help you be prepared, I’ll cover the symptoms you may encounter, why they happen, and what you can do to relieve stiff muscles. Let’s get into it!
Symptoms of Stiff Muscles
I think it’s fair to say that everyone has experienced symptoms of muscle stiffness at one point in time. Symptoms of muscle stiffness aren’t typically the nicest to experience but serve as a reminder that you are putting in work to achieve your fitness goals. Some of the most common symptoms of muscle stiffness are:
- Soreness when moving limbs (your range of motion will be restricted)
- Waking up feeling lethargic
- Body aches
- Joint stiffness and soreness based on the body parts you exercised
- Muscle cramping and spasms