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If you’re starting a new workout program or taking steps to push your current one to the next level, it’s normal for your muscles to feel sore afterward—especially the following day. But should you continue working out when you’re feeling sore? And how bad is it if you’re so sore that you can’t even lift your arms? Is that normal?
What Muscle Soreness Means
First, it’s worth noting that soreness may not indicate that you’ve had a good workout. You can still get in a killer gym session without feeling any muscle soreness the following day. But if you made a change in exercise activity, intensity, style, or equipment selection and wake up feeling sore the next day, that’s OK. “Any type of activity that places a new stress or load on a muscle may lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness or DOMS,” explains Neal Pire, MA, CSCS, exercise physiologist and