Ask Dr Miriam.
Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD
Q I'm working hard to lose weight and I've started going to the gym regularly doing circuit training.
After each session I find my muscles are sore for a couple of days. Does this mean I'm overdoing it?
A It's natural to think you are, but muscle soreness after exercise doesn't necessarily mean you've overdone it.
Muscle pain which appears a day or two after exercise is called DOMS, short for delayed onset muscle soreness. It's the result of very mus it small tears in the muscle fibres. But they don't do you any harm, quite the opposite. Experts in muscle function say it's a positive sign that you're improving your fitness. It leads to greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover and build themselves up.
Just one tip - there's no evidence stretching before or after helps reduce or prevent DOMS.
But you can try massage, acupressure, ice packs and antiinflammatories like ibuprofen or naproxen.