Yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks I went to a class at the gym. The instructor promised that we'd work and tone all the body's major muscle groups. And we did! I left there sweaty and sore, and over the next 24 hours the soreness got worse. Today when I walk or use the stairs my thighs hurt inside, outside, back, and front. My gluteus maximus aches when I sit down. Above my waist my pecs, biceps, and triceps let me know they're there every time I move my arms.
I know from past experience the sore muscles will go away in a day or two, but since I was so miserable I decided to go online and research remedies. I was surprised to learn my condition had a medical name--Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). It's caused by microtrama to the muscle fibers during exercise, and in some people can last up to 72 hours.
After searching several websites and discarding some oddball treatments (like drinking pickle juice or rubbing a banana peel on the sore areas) I tried several things. First I popped a couple of Advil every four hours. On son Donald's advice I did some stretches. I massaged the sorest areas with witch hazel, then later in the day soaked in a hot Epsom salts bath.
Tonight my body doesn't hurt as much. I wonder which one of the remedies did the trick?
Five years ago today: The Tenth Day of Christmas