For some reason, so many of us buy into the belief that feeling aggressively sore is the only indicator of an amazing, effective workout. Even after powering through what feels like a killer sweat sesh, once you wake up the next day not feeling sore at all, you automatically feel like maybe you just didn't push yourself hard enough. If you often find yourself wondering, “Why am I not sore after workouts anymore?” fear not, because you may not be doing anything wrong when it comes to your fitness routine.
Elite Daily reached out to Gregg D’Andrea, owner and founder of GSTARFIT, to find out whether this feeling is actually warranted. In his expertopinion, “You do not have to be sore post-workout [in order] to have had a good workout. That’s an ‘80s mentality and unfortunately has skewed the industry back to thinking you have to crush yourself in order to gain results.”
This prompted me to look into why so many people feel sore after some workouts. According to livestrong.com, feeling sore just a few hours after working out is known as “DOMS,” which is delayed onset muscle soreness. If you’ve ever struggled with muscle pain, in addition to your muscles feeling fragile and weak, you may know what I’m talking about. This can occur if you haven’t hit the gym in quite some time or if you plan your workouts a bit too aggressively (rather than pacing yourself). Your muscles can be damaged in the process.
But that may leave you wondering why you are not sore some of theother times you work out. You might be asking yourself, “Am I not working out hard enough?” One of these five reasons might explain why you're no longer feeling sore after strenuous exercise.