Do you ever wonder why you don’t feel sore for 1-2 days after a tough workout? Well DOMS has a little something to do with that.
DOMS stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. DOMS is a normal response to extra effort put out by the muscles during activities, especially when it is a new activity or an increased level of activities.
After a week off from strength training while I was on vacation I was looking forward to this soreness. Is that strange? Not really in my book, that just means I worked really hard!
Monday evening we completed the P90X chest, shoulders and triceps plus abs workout and I was feeling it, especially during the push ups. The next day I could already can feel my soreness kicking in. It’s the perfect amount of soreness too. I can feel my muscles but it isn’t debilitating me in any way.
When exercising you don’t want to push yourself to the limit where you aren’t able to move the next day. I worked out to exhaustion during this workout but still feel like I can move around today. It could be that I’m not in the full DOMS stage yet because for me it usually kicks in after 2 days, but 1 if I worked out extra hard.
Although there is not one specific way to treat DOMS here are some tips I use to I help reduce it for myself:
1. Take a walk to get the blood flowing and circulating properly.
2. Stretch lightly after an easy warm up (walking).
3. Get a massage – although painful at the time they always help me out.
4. Go swimming – this non-weight bearing activity helps loosen my sore muscles.
5. Ice. No fun but it helps.
6. Rest and recover.
Injury is not what we want when we exercise so make sure to be smart, consistent and have good form so that exercising is something that can continue without unwanted breaks.
Do you enjoy a little DOMS after a workout?