Seems unfair, doesn’t it?
Exercise, the best thing you can do for your health with it’s long list of impressive (and life-saving) benefits, is also notorious for it’s unpleasant after-effects. Some people even avoid exercising for this reason.
‘Delayed onset muscle soreness’ (DOMS) or ‘post exercise muscle soreness’ (PEMS) or whatever you want to call it, is that nasty muscle pain experienced the next day or two after moderate or higher intensity exercise (or any activity you’re not used to). After a good leg workout, walking down the stairs becomes a daunting task!
Luckily, this soreness usually only lasts a few days, or at most a week.
Still, it can be quite unpleasant, and it’s even capable of reducing sports performance. 1 That’s why athletes who train almost every day are constantly looking for the next best thing to alleviate the pain!
So does anything actually help? Do you have to just “suck it up”? And what’s up with that delay of a whole day or two? Let’s discuss! Continue Reading