Growing Muscles

I was asked today at my Harpenden Park Hall Pilates class if my muscles are sore after a hard workout – or walking up a mountain, should I rest or work through it, and will those muscles get bigger?

It’s a good question. I would suggest gentle moving to avoid stiffness. But also to rest; particularly those muscle groups that are affected. The reason for resting is because that is when muscles grow. When muscles are put under a load they experience minute tears in the muscle fibres, it is when we rest and recuperate that muscle fibres heal, coming back together with slightly more than before – just like when you break a bone! That is how we grow muscles and get stronger.

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