Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a wonderful thing. It’s that rewarding, yet oh so painful feeling usually first thing the next morning after exercise. DOMS comes from tiny tears in the muscle that are necessary for growth. If it helps, try and think about the hulk breaking his clothes as he gets bigger (and greener). Your muscles are actually doing damage to themselves to build more bridges to assist next time they’re required.
What DOMS isn’t
- It’s not a build up in lactic acid like they thought back in the day, that tends to feel like your muscle is losing power and just can’t do any more push ups
- It’s not likely a muscle strain, these are usually sharp and instantaneous.
What should I do to make it go away?
- I say this a lot, but moving will help.
- You’ll notice you’re at your worst when you’ve been sitting or lying down for an extended period of time.
- Wait – usually it will pass within 24 hours, but can last for up to 72 hours/3 days
If you’re ever not sure, it’s worth asking us. A simple call or email can often give you a much better understanding and save you from Dr Google. Sam and I are at Warrandyte and Templestowe and we love this stuff!
The next time you’re grimacing as you climb those stairs after your work out, think about the hard work it represents and turn that grimace into a smile!
Look after yourselves,