Why Do My Muscles ACHE After Exercise

If you’re on our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge you’ll most likely be asking your muscles to work a little harder than they might be used to and there is a chance that you’ll experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).

This is quite common especially if you haven’t exercised a certain muscle in a while. The reason it’s called ‘Delayed’ Onset Muscle Soreness is because you don’t actually feel the full extent of the soreness until around 48 hours after performing the exercise.

You may feel a little sore the next day, but it’s not until the following day that DOMS really kicks in.
delayed onset muscle soreness


The soreness won’t be present at rest, but as soon as you ask the muscle in question to perform a movement you will quickly know about it.

It’s important to note that this isn’t an injury and doesn’t require medical assistance – the only thing you can do is let the soreness subside in its own time which could be up to 7 days.

It’s also important to remember this isn’t a reason to stop your exercise routine – it just means that you need to manage your intensity and not push too hard while your muscles are recovering.

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Marissa is an experienced personal trainer with expert knowledge in fitness and in nutrition. She is passionate about helping mums to exercise, stay motivated and achieve a strong and healthy body post pregnancy.Marissa has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2014. She has been providing expert advice to the team developing Healthy Mummy specific exercises as well as helping to develop the exercises for our 28 Day Weight Loss challenges. She has also written many informative fitness related posts for the The Healthy Mummy blog.