Making a lifestyle change is one of the hardest things in the world. Especially when it comes to eating clean and maintaining an active routine. What is even more difficult is when every single fiber in your body hurts after a good workout.
Ever been there? I have so many times and it can delay progress when you truly feel like you can’t move.
WHAT IS MUSCLE SORENESS?
It is technically called DOMS (Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness) and this is the pain or stiffness you feel 24-72 hours after activity your body is not used to.
This pain is caused by tiny tears and inflammation in your muscle fibers.
Luckily this only usually lasts a couple days until you start feeling relief. This pain is felt by beginners as well as professional athletes.
Below is a list of things you can do to help.
The best thing you can do is warm up and activate the muscles you are fixing to work. During this warm up, you want to increase your heart rate and get the mind-muscle connection ready.
It is so important to stay hydrated. When we sweat, it is imperative to replenish electrolytes and sodium. Water is an important part of every day nutrition but if you are planning to workout, make sure you have hydrated to help prevent cramping and soreness. Another good supplement is BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids). I drink these during my workout. All it takes is a scoop into your water. These are amazing for recovery and hydration. I have linked the one I use below.
Always make sure you aren’t using so much weight that it compromises your form. Use slow, steady movements and no jerking. This will help prevent injury which will delay your performance and results.
After an intense workout, it is important to stretch out the muscles you have just worked. I am a firm believer in stretching. I find it relaxing and a good way to decrease heart rate and cool down.
AFTER WORKING OUT:
I’ve seen a lot of top athletes that ice after each workout. Of course we all know ice helps with inflammation so I know it can’t hurt. Only reason I don’t ice or do ice baths is because I HATE being cold. HAHAHA!
Not directly after your workout but once you feel the soreness setting in, a hot bath or heating pad will help relax the sore muscles. I also LOVE the sauna if you have access to one. The sauna is an excellent way to rid the body of toxins and warm up the entire body to relax stressed muscles.
A massage or even home techniques will help immediately. Get a tennis ball and roll it up and down the sore muscles. Also foam rollers work wonders!! Be gentle!
Don’t let the soreness stop you from continuing. When you keep going and do some light activity or cardio, you will increase blood flow and circulation and help your body rid that lactic acid buildup. It helps, I promise.
Just remember that beginning a fitness journey does not produce overnight results. You will hurt, you will be challenged and you will probably fail and come back more than once. THAT IS OK!! Listen to your body, don’t make silly excuses and take care of yourself!
Let me know if you need any help or motivation along the way! This is my passion and I am so excited for the road I am on! JOIN ME!
Love you all,