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Fitness-related muscle soreness is so common it has a name

Fitness-related muscle soreness is so common it has a name

Fitness-related muscle soreness is so common it has a name, delayed-onset muscle soreness or DOMS. DOMS sets in a day or two following a strenuous fitness routine and is caused by microscopic tears within the muscle tissue created during your intense exercise activity.  What may help? “Before your workout, an extended warm-up and stretch routine will fully prepare your body for exercise and reduce the effects of DOMS. Hydration is important before and throughout your workout to prevent cramping and decrease inflammation (and muscle soreness) after exercise. If your fitness routine leads to excessive sweating, you might want to also replace electrolytes and sodium by drinking a sports beverage.  Select your weights based on your form first because you will benefit more and experience less soreness by lifting 50 pounds correctly than by lifting 100 pounds incorrectly.

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