Yesterday I went skiing for the first time in a little over a year. The weather was great, and the snow was fantastic. I skied for 4 or 5 hours and felt great! Last night I was certainly tired, but not sore. This morning my quads were a little “tender”. Well now, by the end of the day, walking up and down the stairs is getting harder and harder!! I really feel my muscles, and I know that tomorrow the real soreness will set in!
Did you ever notice how when you over exert yourself, you don’t feel sore until a day or two later? This is a real phenomenon. It is called DOMS — Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. It is the result of micro tears in the muscle fibers. But these micro tears are actually beneficial. As the muscle fibers heal they grow bigger (muscle hypertrophy). So don’t be afraid of exerting yourself. A little tenderness is good, but be careful not to overdo it. You should feel back to normal after 48 hours