• John Carlow

DOMS - The terror of the newbie fitness enthusiast

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS is something that you are likely to experience after a high intensity training session when you haven't been training for a while or if you have never trained at all.

It usually goes something like this. You do your workout, it's quite challenging but you manage most or even all of it, you have a little stretch, you hit the showers, you go home feeling good about yourself.

Anything between 12 and 48 hours later, DOMS strikes.

Your arms, legs or whole body aches, badly, and your muscles are so weak and stiff that you think you must have seriously injured yourself. You might even be dying.

Simple things like, walking down stairs or sitting down on a chair become really difficult (not to mention getting back out of the chair) and any length of immobility causes you to seize up. If you have it really bad it could last several days or even a week!

The bad news is that you are unlikely to be able to avoid DOMS, it is a natural fact of life. This is your body's way of telling you that you successfully pushed your physical limits and it needs a little bit of downtime before you do it again. Once you have recovered you will be fitter and stronger! Yay!

The good news is that the symptoms are easily improved. It may seem counter intuitive but a bit of gentle exercise, like walking or cycling, will make you feel much looser and help to relieve the pain.

You may not be able to avoid DOMS but if you keep up with your training programme you'll never experience it as badly as the first time.

If you are ready to brave the DOMS and start to get in shape them give me a call or email or just go right ahead and book a consultation or session on the Book Online tab of the website.

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