Pain is an integral part of getting great results from exercise but I feel I should let you in on all my secrets on how to reduce the severity of post-exercise soreness. And hey, I may have an ulterior motive — it’ll have you back at training faster!
Drink lots of H2O
Drinking lots of the clear stuff then peeing is the best and most effective detox you can do. The metabolites and other nasties that linger in your muscles after a work-out are what cause some of your pain and discomfort. Drinking then peeing will rid you of these nasties.
Perform some post-exercise light activity
Going for a light jog, a walk or a swim the day after a big session or event gets your muscles working again. The pumping of your muscles acts like a pump to help flush your muscles of the aforementioned nasties.
Eat a nutritious snack afterwards
A balanced snack or meal which is carbohydrate-rich and also contains protein is essential in the first 30-45 minutes after a work-out. This will replace vitamins and nutrients and allow your body to get stuck into rebuilding your muscles and aiding recovery.
Get some rest
Resting means getting an adequate amount of sleep, but more importantly not re-stressing the muscles before they have adequately recovered. Always leave 48 hours between like-strength workouts to allow maximum muscle recovery. If you re-stress an unrecovered muscle you’ll hamper your progress.
It causes eventual dehydration and a build up of pain causing nasties.
Swallow pills and potions that claim to help.
Repeat this mantra with me – ‘there’s always a better, natural way’.
You’ve forced your body to undergo stress so there’s no use stressing it again by eating food of minimal nutritional value. If you train hard yet eat badly you better get used to looking and feeling like you do now, because you won’t be improving anytime soon.