Some feel that muscle soreness is the marker of a great workout, and some see it as a sign they have over done it. Muscle soreness however, means that you have damaged your muscle albeit in a good way. When you muscle tissue is damaged, your body rebuilds it stronger than before. This is how you get stronger and build more muscle. However, if the soreness is so bad that you can no longer workout, you may be hampering you fitness efforts. An article put out by the American College of Sports Medicine outlines a plan to mitigate DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).
Basically the article discusses the fact that muscle soreness is inevitable, and there is not much you can do to speed the relief. There are a few things you can do that will temporarily relieve the symptoms if you over do it. First, light cardio, such as biking or walking, will relieve tension as you muscles warm and become more elastic. Second, stay hydrated. This goes without saying, but recovery will be faster and you will just be overall healthier by drinking plenty of water. Finally, making sure you are eating a diet rich in protein and antioxidants will help repair and control the damage respectively. Don’t get down, muscle soreness is your friend!