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?).