How long does muscle soreness last?

How long does muscle soreness last?

Muscle soreness generally lasts 3-5 days.

  • Muscle soreness usually begins 12–24 hours after the activity or exercise that caused it.
  • It usually feels the worst 24–72 hours after the activity.

The higher the intensity of the exercise, the longer you performed it, and the less used to it your body was, the longer your soreness will generally last.

The good news is that your body will adapt to the stress placed on it. The next time you perform the same exercise, you won’t be as sore and it won’t last as long.

ACSM. (2011). Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) [Brochure]. Braun, W. & Sforzo, G: Authors.

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