There is a common misconception that muscle soreness through exercise is inevitable and necessary to see results. For many, soreness acts as an indicator of a great workout. But this is a shortsighted view of exercise benefits and can have detrimental effects in the long run.
To clarify, this is not about the minor muscle stiffness that can be felt the day after a workout. This is about excessive soreness—the kind of soreness that lasts for a few days, has you avoiding stairs and dreading everyday activities such as putting on pants, getting in and out of a car, and even sneezing.