I hear this frequently, and it’s understandable, because there’s a prevalent myth in our personal fitness culture that if a workout is good, you’ll be sore afterwards. And so, it follows, if you’re not sore, you must not have really worked out.
But the reason you work out is to lose fat and gain strength. Soreness typically just means that you’ve overloaded a muscle or muscle group with a new, unfamiliar movement. Which may be a part of getting stronger, but not the only evidence — and not always present.
If you pull weeds for a couple hours, you may be sore, but I wouldn’t consider that a good personal fitness workout. If I paint above my head for several hours, I may be sore, but that’s not a good workout.
You may be sore the first time you do a personal fitness or weight program, but three weeks later you can lift more and you’re not sore anymore. So, you can see by your strength gains that your workout is effective, even without next-day pain.
The truth behind personal fitness routines and soreness?
Soreness does not equate to a good workout; improved body composition does!