Have your muscles been aching? Chances are, since you have been making fitness a part of your life, you’ve been a little sore. Maybe a lot sore! It’s never our plan, but having some muscle soreness is perfectly normal.
When you exercise, you put good stress on your body. What is actually happening is you create microscopic tears in your muscle fibers. Those tears get inflamed, and you feel it as soreness. It’s all part of getting fit and healthy, but it can hurt from time to time.
You will notice that your stiffness and soreness will peak about 48 hours after a workout session, and then begin decreasing. This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). The good news is that when your body recovers and the pain lessens, you will be more fit, stronger and your exercise won’t result in as much pain next time.
In the meantime, you can use an icepack on the affected muscles to relieve some of the discomfort.