Every body has its own state of homeostasis, perfectly balanced and free from tension, injury, and disease. This is the ideal state of our physical selves, the goal towards which we are always striving. What makes it so hard to get there? Life.
You've just got back from your run and you're feeling great -- your body is pleasantly fatigued, and your endorphins are running high. But before you hit the showers, you need to cool down if you want to properly recover and prevent imbalances. Here's what to do:
Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS if you want to impress your meathead friends, is the muscular pain, stiffness, and soreness you feel 24-48 hours after you worked them, and can last up to ten days.