Why do my muscles feel stiff after every workout?

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Muscle stiffness is usually a result of low level micro-trauma or small tearing of the muscle fiber caused by the stresses of exercise. If you are feeling this "stiffness" immediately following every workout than you should consider looking at your program and making some changes because you might be overtraining. If the stiffness is occurring roughly 24-48 hours post workout and it is not happening every workout than it is probably the way your body manifests soreness caused by micro-trauma and while you still might be overtraining this is a relatively safe level of soreness for the short term.

It could be that you are over training, or that you are not performing the correct flexibility techniques after you finish your workout. When you exercise muscles, they become tense due to all the work they have been doing during the workout. If you don't perform a stretching routine after you workout to relax them and put them back to their normal length, they can remain"tense"and over time continually become shortened, resulting in the feeling of stiffness. Make sure you stretch after you workout as a cool-down.

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