Are you struggling to walk after your workout this week? Well, there’s a good chance you’re experiencing a case of DOMS. In this Indi Active blog you’ll find everything you need to know about Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and how you can prevent it.
How do you deal with DOMS? Lets back track for a moment. WHAT IS DOMS? This stands for Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness. It can feel as though your muscles are aching or are bruised the next day (24-48hours post workout) from the cause of small myofibril tears. This cannot necessarily be prevented, but it can be slightly reduced by doing a few things post workout.
- STRETCH: In saying this, it doesn’t mean touching your toes once and then leaving the gym, this means taking 10-20 minutes after a workout to do a full body stretch & foam roll session.
- MAGNESIUM: Epsom salts are rich in magnesium, a magic mineral that helps widen your blood vessels to boost your recovery, and soak soreness from your muscles.
- HYDRATION: Drinking 1L to every hour of exercise you perform. Drink a decent amount of water to keep your muscles hydrated so this can help the recovery process.
Try not to over do it.. DOMS aren’t just “sore muscles”, it can be super painful for some people if you’re new to the gym and may take a few days for your body to feel “normal” again. As a FYI, it is also important to be conscious of whether you have an injury or DOMS.
If you have any questions relating to DOMS please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org