You know the feeling when you wake up a day or two after exercising and you are so sore you can’t even walk or lift your arms? I think we’ve all been there! This is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS.
What Happens During DOMS?
There had been speculation that lactic acid buildup in the muscles was responsible for muscle soreness; however, that is not true.
At this point, researchers agree that microscopic tears in your muscles are to blame for post-exercise soreness. Of course this then begs the question: why do I feel sore 24-48 hours later?
Candice Canace Rulnick has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 2014. She specializes in women's fitness, weight loss, functional anatomy and overall health and wellness. Candice offers one-on-one personal training and small group training to women in Charlotte, NC. She also provides home and gym workouts through her online training app.