DOMS stands for Delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s t pain you feel after your workout – usually worse after a break from exercise or when you try something new – that hits 24 or 48 hours later.

It’s the one that makes it hard to walk down stairs. It’s not an injury – and some people love the ache; it makes them feel like they have really been working out.

There is no agreement on what causes Doms, but the current theory is that it results from micro tears in the muscle fibre during exercise.

It will usually go away within a couple of days, and you will get them less as your body adjusts to exercise. It is generally accepted that you can work out while you have Doms without causing further damage, though it may be uncomfortable.

In contrast, an injury will be made worse from exercise, and you should rest and consult a doctor or a physiotherapist.

Roger Love