Causes of Muscle Soreness After Exercising

Some muscle soreness is typical after exercise, especially if you are just starting a new routine or working a particular group of muscles. This soreness is felt a few hours after exercise, and it is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) or post-exercise muscle soreness (PEMS). It is a result of physical activity which stresses the muscles in the body beyond what it is used to, causing microscopic tears in the muscle fibers which become inflamed.

Factors that increase soreness after a workout are:

Muscle soreness is an indication that your muscles are adapting to your workout regime, leading to increased strength and stamina as the muscles rebuild . However, repeated, excessive muscle soreness may lead to injury to the muscles. If the soreness you feel is more than just some slight tenderness or you can’t move the muscle properly, you should not continue exercising, and see a doctor.

Easing DOMS

Here are some tips to deal with muscle soreness:

However, be sure not to confuse DOMS with muscle pain or fatigue you experience during exercise. Delayed muscle soreness is different to the acute, sudden and sharp pain of an injury such as a muscle strains or sprain. DOMS normally occurs up to 24 hours after workout and lasts for another 48 hours, diminishing over time.

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