I had been away from the gym for several days, and in that time I only ran a few miles a couple of times, and when I woke up after the first session of intense exercises it hurt even the very idea of getting out of bed. The muscles seemed determined to take revenge for the mistreatment to which I had subjected them the previous morning and refused to cooperate with me. The steps that separated me from the coffee pot were endless. Luckily, I had not lost my sense of humor, and I remembered the inscription I read some time ago on the shirt of a strong bodybuilder: "Pain is fat coming out of the body."
With my first cup of coffee in one hand, I sat up to finally wake up and reconcile with the aching body. Actually, I have to confess that I have learned to enjoy, with a certain well-informed masochism, that reaction of the muscles, which has been his way of telling me that I am doing something right. I am not referring to the discomfort caused by injuries that we must always avoid, but to the consequences of the natural recovery process. However, the fact that there is a lot of truth in that about no pain, no gain (without pain nothing is achieved), both to get fit and for all facets of life, does not mean that there are no ways to avoid or control suffering after a good workout.
The food we eat (coffee is a great help!), Warming up and stretching, consistency in exercises, rest, massage, all contribute to coping with and reducing the effects of stiffness. The next time you introduce a new exercise into your routine and your body seems to reproach you the next day, think of it as a token of appreciation, and after the first whimpering grimace, try to smile slightly.