Sore Muscles


Sore Muscles


Muscle soreness experienced as a result of unfamiliar exercise is often referred to as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). You know that feeling of being stiff and sore after doing some exercise, which can be just a little discomfort the day after, ranging right up to quite severely debilitating discomfort for up to a week!


What can you do to help the soreness? Well, that is tricky, as science has said that there is no real evidence to find a guaranteed way to recover from DOMS, but you may try any or all of the following:

  • Ultrasound

  • Gentle stretches or walking

  • Icing

  • Magnesium or epsom salt baths

  • Drinking extra water

  • Tart cherry juice

  • Blueberries

  • Watermelon juice

  • Compression garments

  • Massage

  • Vibration

  • Vitamin D

  • Curcumin

  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Try something and do what you feel works for your body!


The great news is that DOMS reduces significantly if you repeat the same exercises, so as you persist with a new exercise routine, the soreness will ease. In other words, DOMS prevents DOMS!!


People often wonder if they should exercise while they are experiencing DOMS. Light exercise should generally be safe, but obviously avoiding moderate to intense exercise is recommended whilst your body recovers and adapts.



John Polley, The Next Level

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