Granted, for the first couple of minutes, post-workout soreness – or, to get technical, delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) – is a satisfying feeling; the marker of a hard workout.
But pride quickly turns to pain when you resort to hoisting your legs out of bed the following day or skipping your next few workouts because your muscles still ache 48 hours later. Every fit girl has been there. In fact, according to a survey by Mentholatum (the makers of the Deep Heat range), post-workout soreness affects a massive one-in-three adults after exercise.
Why? Because exercised muscles are susceptible to structural damage, and it’s this damage that causes soreness, weakness and a decreased range of motion, aka stiffness. But it needn’t be that way – research shows that a muscle-boosting exercise strategy can help you bounce back from DOMS, pronto!
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