5 FAST FACTS FRIDAY: POST-WORKOUT SORENESS
We’ve all come across it: post workout soreness. You’ve spent a long day, moving your body, and now you’re trapped in savasana, trying to figure out which muscle isn’t sore. It’s particularly painful after a long tennis tournament or leg day at the gym. We mentioned earlier this week that drinking coffee can actually reduce post workout soreness (among other things), but what exactly causes the soreness and how can you fix it? Find out in this week’s 5 fast facts post.
1) The technical term for it is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS for short.
2) It usually peaks about 24-48 hours after you work out.
3) You are most likely going to experience it when you change up your workout routine, whether it’s in intensity, volume, or activity.
4) There are a variety of ways to treat DOMS including sports massage, foam rolling, contrast showers, Epsom salt baths, and even sleep.
5) While muscle soreness is the main symptom, DOMS can also include joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness and diminished muscle strength.
We wish you zero DOMS as you head into your weekend. Happy Friday!