Repeat after us: Ouch.
The aftermath of a workout can be painful, especially if you’ve pushed your body to a new limit. “Delayed onset muscle soreness,” or DOMS, as it’s formally known, is what happens when the body is repairing tiny tears in the muscles that occur during exercise. But we know what it’s really called: Torture.
Of course, aching muscles shouldn’t deter you from working out again. The benefits of exercise are boundless, from reduced stress to a healthier heart. But that doesn’t mean you can’t moan about how bad it hurts when it’s done (complaining is almost as good as an ice bath, right?).
Sore muscles following a workout are completely normal. But if the pain is intense and persistent beyond a few days or it feels impossible to put weight on a certain part of your body, you may need to consult a physician to make sure there aren't any serious injuries.
Below are a few sentiments that perfectly nail the painful plight of (totally normal!) post-workout soreness:
I've got 99 problems and they're all sore muscles.— Grind of Athletes (@GrindOfAthletes) August 10, 2016
Just had to ask the guy at my gym's front desk to open my Powerade.— Chris Kelly (@imchriskelly) July 15, 2014
Being sore after working out is probably my favorite bad feeling— Madison Kerley (@madisondion) January 15, 2016
How long are you supposed to rest in between sets at the gym? Like 6 months?— philippe iujvidin (@philyuck) September 10, 2015
the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and seeing firmer muscles in just 4 weeks— lawblob (@lawblob) September 13, 2013