Have you ever worked out and felt overly sore a day or two later? You may think these aches and pains are a result of your workout's intensity, but it's probably a case of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

DOMS can happen to anyone who works out, regardless of fitness level, and can often take days to recover from. It can make mundane tasks, like getting out of bed, walking and even sitting, both painful and uncomfortable. If you're trying to stick to a workout routine, it can leave you couched for days, making the necessary consistency difficult.

However, there are some things you should consider when trying to curb DOMS' effect on your body after a tough workout.

What exactly is DOMS?

Delayed onset muscle soreness is a painful or aching sensation people experience 24 to 72 hours following exercise. The pain ranges from mild to extreme soreness, leaving you unable to move much, if at all. No one is sure exactly what causes the soreness, but lactic acid buildup, muscle spasms, tissue and/or muscle damage, and inflammation are all hypothesized