Friday, July 31, 2020


Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain in your muscles that sets in 24-72 hours after you have done a strenuous exercise. I have been slightly more active at home these days than before, and I realize that my body reminds me that I got muscle groups in my body that I have never ever used before.

I have now increased my "remote coaching" sessions to 3 times a week (Mon-Wed-Sat) which means (Tue-Thu-Sun) typically are my DOMS days. One more reason to TGIF. After almost 4 decades of disuse, some of my muscle groups are now waking up to the reality that they were never used.

There is no "known" cure for DOMS other than enduring it and letting your body heal by itself. The coaches recommend "Foam Rolling" but that just adds more to the misery. I look forward to the day when I have used most of my muscle groups so that they stop getting sore all the while!

Till then, I shall take this opportunity to thank my coaches for the misery.


  1. i used to experience the same specially whenever i used to start exercising after a long break. When i made few changes in the routine i experienced less or no effect of DOMS.
    1. Proper full body stretching before and after core exercises
    2. when starting exercise after long break, keep intensity low e.g. 10-15 pushups as compared to your previous best of 30 pushups and then after a week or two increase it
    3. keep 4-5 repetitions and different set of exercises
    4. target different body part on different day e.g. push-ups on one day for chest and biceps and next day abdominal exercise etc. which gives muscles from different body part to relax and regenerate

    1. Thanks Nishad for the suggestion. Our coaches push us a bit too hard to follow that regime :)