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Believing in Your Fitness Abilities Now May Reduce Muscle Soreness Later

Increase Confidence and Reduce Soreness

Does mind prevail over matter when it comes to delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)?

New research has found that those who are confident in their own ability to make it through an especially tough workout actually experience less soreness than those who think that they may not be able to handle it.

Sounds a little quacky to me, but I'd be willing to do anything to reduce DOMS. So think yourself fit and maybe, just maybe, you'll be less sore in the morning.


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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I like being sore to a certian point. I like hurting a bit the next day - but I remember when I first started working out a year ago... OMG that was pain!!! I was so sore for days on end! I never want that again!
ibron ibron 9 years
I tried jump roping for the 1st time 2 days ago, I alternated that with running on the spot in between (couldn't actually run/jump outdoor as it has been raining nonstop the past few days). I lasted a total of 40 minutes, burned 400 cals and I was very pleased. Problem? My calves are KILLING ME!!! I can't put much pressure on the ball of my foot (both feet) and when I get out of bed I just slip onto my heels as if I had forgotten how to walk/stand! And I have Bodypump tomorrow...!
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
Maybe with the confidence you're more likely to workout with better form? I dunno! It seems like that might be likely with weight lifting.
bushra bushra 9 years
not bragging but yeah, i do tend to think myself through a workout on my step machine, and when it comes to muscle soreness (mainly in my legs) rather than limp i walk as normal as possible. i figure you might as well feel that pain you're trying to avoid and get on with it after. seems to work for me!
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 9 years
Hmm... I actually really like being sore!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow confidence really is key...
ley ley 9 years
DOMS suck. I usually get them especially when I train my legs, they dont get sore right away but after a day or so my legs and glutes are so super sore. I'm actually still recovering right now. :D
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