These days you might be moving your body differently or without the tool of heat. You might wake up sore. The discomfort you could be feeling is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This typically occurs 12 — 72 hours after exercise and there are many theories to the cause of this soreness. One thought is that it’s a result of microtears within the muscle. The microtears can happen when your muscles undergo an eccentric contraction - meaning your muscle is lengthening under tension.
It’s ok! There’s good news. The delayed onset muscle soreness will pass, your muscles will recover, and you will experience muscle growth - meaning you will get STRONGER!
Delayed onset muscle soreness can be a real drag or it can be an opportunity to take care of yourself in other ways.
Here are 5 ways to help with muscle soreness:
Epsom salt bath - Dump a bag into your bath and relax. 🛁
2. Light movement - Go on a walk! 🚶🏻♂️
3. Gentle stretching - Easy, light stretching when you wake up or before bed. 🙆🏻♀️
4. Hydration - Drink more water than you are used to. 💧
5. Nutrition - Choose veggies and fruits over processed food (this will also help keep you hydrated). 🥒
Doing these 5 things will help your muscles recover efficiently so you'll be ready to go for your next class! Most importantly - give yourself credit for the work you do to take of yourself 💪