There are so many benefits to leading an active lifestyle, not least of which is helping to maintain your health and even your mental well-being. However, most of us don’t exactly know what happens to our muscles during and after a workout. Seeing as unexpected pain and other complications can be avoided by knowing what you’re going to put your body through, we’ve compiled some considerations to keep in mind when you’re getting ready for your next workout.
Long live resistance training
When you engage in activities that place greater strain on your muscles than what they undergo normally, you will start to see muscle change. By placing resistance on your muscles, the process of muscle hypertrophy starts, which is just another way of saying your muscles start growing.
Tearing is part of the process
By placing greater strain, or resistance, on your muscles, they begin to tear. Don’t worry, these tears are microscopic in size, and are completely natural and to be expected from exercise. The severity of the tear does depend on the intensity of your workout, with more intense exercise leading to muscle soreness. If you push yourself too far too quickly, you can risk causing more serious injuries such as muscle ruptures. So, when you’re working out, make sure that you listen to your body and don’t push yourself past a safe workout intensity.
Healing means building
As you continue your workout, the continuous microscopic tears in your muscles cause disruption in your muscle organelles. These activate other cells found outside our muscle fibres, which head over to the damaged area to repair it, forming new muscle strands in the process. This process also helps to relieve the damage and soreness related to muscle tearing.
Over time, you will find that your muscles have grown in proportion to the intensity of your training, as the constant cycle of tearing and healing caused by your training has made them strong enough to handle the strain. This means that you will only continue to see muscle growth if you continue to ramp up your exercise efforts, all within the limits your body can provide, of course.
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