Stress & Recover
- Keys to Muscle Growth
By Gabe Mirkin,
If you do the
same exercises every day and do not feel sore on the next
day, you will not become stronger and faster or have greater
Improvement in exercise comes from stressing and recovering.
You take a hard workout that causes your muscles to burn,
which damages them. You will feel sore the next day because
of the damage, and should take easy workouts until the
soreness disappears. Then you take another hard workout.
Muscles are damaged by hard exercise and soreness is a sign
of the damage. Then when the muscles heal, they are stronger
than they were before the hard workout.
If you take another hard workout before the soreness
disappears, you place yourself at high risk for injury. If
you want to build muscle or improve in any sport, take a
hard workout that causes muscle soreness and on the next
days, take easy workouts or take off until the soreness goes
Serious weight lifters do not take off completely during
their recovery days, even though resting when your muscles
feel sore allows them to heal faster. If you exercises at
low intensity during recovery, your muscles will become more
fibrous and resistant to injury when you stress them with
the next intense bout of hard exercise.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin
has been a radio talk show host for 25 years and practicing
physician for more than 40 years; he is board certified in
four specialties, including sports medicine. Read or listen
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