Article Provided by Holly Pennington, Outpatient Physical Therapy
With each step, you grunt, remember yesterday’s run and ask yourself some version of “why now?” Why do your legs feel like they weigh 200 pounds each? Your mind scrolls through the usual suspects – hills, speed, a new class at the gym, coming back from vacation. None of them fit. You have done this same exact run hundreds of times and your legs have never felt like this the next day.
Post-exercise recovery science tells us that much more goes into the creation of muscle fatigue than meets the eye. Complicated biological systems co-mingle to birth “Maybe I’m too old for this” trains of thought and make pinpointing the cause of our sore muscles impossible. But, thankfully, scientists can point us to a few action steps to make the morning surprise of tight, tired things much less common.
Have an ache or pain that’s keeping you from training the way you want? Outpatient PT offers free consults with Board Certified Physical Therapists at every location: Covington, Maple Valley Kent, Renton, Auburn and Puyallup. Need a good massage therapist? Schedule one for right after a long workout at any Outpatient PT clinic! www.outpatientpt.com.
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