Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is common for anyone who enjoys moving their body and taking on new activities. You’ve likely experienced a deep dull muscle ache in your legs or arms a couple days after a good workout. This deep muscle soreness is a very different feeling than sore and stiff joints, it literally feels like your muscles are on fire.
Typically, you’ll wake up two days after a long run, hard bike ride, all-day tennis tournament, or big session in the gym and feel like you can’t move. Your legs are so sore that you struggle to walk up and down stairs and to simply walk around the house. Your arms are so heavy it’s challenging to raise them above your head to shampoo your hair or to pick up your laptop.
This is the DOMS. DOMS is a signal that you’ve pushed your body and placed your muscles under extra load and strain. The good news is that DOMS won’t last forever and that you can take measures to lessen the impacts of DOMS. Read more