There’s nothing worse than getting back into your fitness routine or completing an intense workout, only to suffer through muscle tightness the following day. It almost begs the question, why do we do this to ourselves? If you ask any athlete or frequent gym-goer, they’ll tell you that the feeling of muscle tightness following a workout is a sign that they’ve pushed their bodies to the limit and it’s actually a good thing!
In this article, I’ll discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatments for muscle tightness so that you have a better understanding of what it is and how to recover from it. Let’s get into it!
Is Muscle Tightness Normal?
First, let’s dive into some background information to set the stage. Whether you’re completing resistance exercises in the gym or cardiovascular exercises in a pool, you are using your skeletal muscle system to complete these types of exercise. This means, your muscles are generating force, your joints are being utilized for their range of motion, your tendons are generating their power, and your ligaments are firmly holding everything in place.
So, why is all of this important to know? With all of these systems working in sync with one another, you’re going to get some muscle tightness after a hard exercise session, especially if you were pushing it quite hard during training. To answer the question, yes, muscle tightness is normal, especially after a hard workout.