Why Does Exercise Sometimes Cause Muscle Soreness?

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  • A new study found exercise as effective as massage in relieving the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that often occurs a day or two after strenuous exercise
  • It is a myth that muscle soreness is caused by a buildup of lactic acid; the real cause is inflammation stemming from microscopic tears in your muscle fibers, or more specifically, microtears between your muscles and their surrounding tissues, a necessary part of the muscle strengthening and rebuilding process
  • A balanced, healthful diet is the most important step you can take to give your body the building blocks it needs for strong, resilient tissues and minimal inflammation; consuming adequate high-quality amino acids, omega-3 fats, and sulfur will help minimize exercise-induced aches and pains
  • Avoid commercial analgesics such as ibuprofen and aspirin, because they are not very helpful and come with some potentially serious side effects; natural treatments are safer and more effective
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