If exercise always felt good, you’d probably see a lot more people filling gyms year round or pounding the pavement when the weather gets warm. But anyone who has ever pushed their body athletically knows that sometimes exercising can just plain hurt.
For most, pain during or immediately after a workout (such as pulled muscles or joint pain) is a sign that we pushed things too far. But sometimes even a good workout can lead to muscle pain or sensitivity that doesn’t fully present for 24-48 hours. The question most people wonder usually wonder is why? What’s taken the muscles so long to issue their formal protest?
In a Huffington Post article for the site’s new Ask Healthy Living effort, writer Sarah Klein tackled that very question. With the help of Steven Stovitz, M.D., an associate professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (and a team physician at the U of M) Klein explains a condition known as “delayed onset muscle soreness” or DOMS.