Our expert says:
it sounds like it could just be a case of delayed onset of muscle soreness (or DOMS, for short). This always happens when you exercise muscles that were previously inactive. The muscle is exercised and gets very tiny tears, which take a few days to recover, and in this time, you develop this stiffness. So, for what it's worth, it's quite normal and nothing to be alarmed about. As for exercising again, I would advise against pushing beyond comfortable. Often,you can get away with very light exercise, especially once you warm up properly, but rather take it easy until the pain is gone. You can therefore still do a light session, but don't go back and do the same thing that caused all the pain in the first place. I'm sure that by the time you read this, you will start feeling better and perhaps by tomorrow you can exercise again. And the final piece of good news is that each time, this soreness will happen less and less.
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