The day after an intense workout can feel rough, especially if you really pushed your limits. But it shouldn’t derail your daily routine. Experiencing achy muscles or sluggishness is normal, but you should still be able to function.
If, instead, you find yourself wobbling out of bed with super tight legs or get a shooting pain when reaching in the cabinet for your coffee mug, it’s time you address the source — and cause — of your discomfort.
Two experts — Shawn G. Anthony, assistant professor of Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC and Jordan Metzl, sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery and author of Workout Description — reveal the different types of muscle injuries, plus how to prevent and treat them. Check ‘em out so you can continue running those sprints or swinging some kettlebells.
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