Have you been hitting the gym again with COVID restrictions easing? Or getting back into running, cycling, or playing team sports?
As many of you might’ve experienced, the inevitable muscle soreness that comes after a break can be a tough barrier to overcome.
Here’s what causes this muscle soreness, and how best to manage it.
What is muscle soreness and why does it occur?
Some muscle soreness after a workout is normal. But it can be debilitating and deter you from further exercise. The scientific term used to describe these aches is delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, which results from mechanical disruption of the muscle fibres, often called “microtears”.
This damage causes swelling and inflammation in the muscle fibres, and the release of substances that sensitise the nerves within the muscle, producing pain when the muscle contracts or is stretched.
This pain usually peaks 24-72 hours after exercise. The