It’s Fitness Friday! Since I started working out again, I’m using muscles that I don’t normally use when caring for my baby. While it feels great to work out, I am also in a lot of pain because I’m so sore. Melinda and Elizabeth of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) offer some advice:
Q. What should you do when your muscles are really sore after working out? How soon after should you work out if it still hurts?
Muscle soreness, also know as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), is caused by your muscles breaking down and repairing themselves. This muscle soreness appears usually 24 to 48 hours following exercise. DOMS will slowly subside over the next 3 to 7 days. Your muscle will get used to repetitive exercises, and you will be less sore with regular activity. This happens because you have strengthened the muscle. DOMS is a normal response to any new exercise and leads to greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover.
- Always warm-up, cool-down and stretch after your workout. Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise
- If you are extremely sore, we recommend going for a brisk walk – this will increase blood flow to the muscles and help the muscles repair faster
- Be sure to listen to your body and know the difference between soreness and injury