Wanted to write a quick blog post about the muscle soreness and what to do to help your body recover quicker 💪🔥
A lot of people who are starting a new exercise routine or rev up their existing routine experience the DOMS – delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s completely normal, can be quite intense, can feel as pain, tenderness or a burning sensation in the muscles, and usually sets in 24-72 hours after a workout.
For me, DOMS is an accomplishment. I pushed a particular muscle group to the point where it is forced to adapt, grow, and get stronger. After your body adapts to exercising regularly, you won’t feel that supreme soreness anymore, unless you significantly increase your resistance and intensity or work muscles that have not been worked in a while. So don’t judge the quality of your workout by how sore you feel the next day, but don’t shun or hate that sensation either. Feel victorious with the progress you are making!
🔥How can you help your body recover faster?🔥
😁 When you feel sore, think protein! After you effectively broke down your muscles at the gym, your body needs protein to grow and repair the muscle fibers making them bigger and stronger.
😁 Foam rolling, massage and/or stretching can help ease the pain and relax the muscles.
😁 Get 8 hours of quality sleep a night. Give your body a chance to repair, recharge, regrow, replenish energy stores, and adapt to the stress of exercise.
😁 Drink plenty of water. Hydrate or die! Water plays a significant role in the process of recovery - from helping digest vital nutrients to repairing muscles.
😁 Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen help reduce muscle soreness and inflammation, but some research shows they may also slow down the ability of the muscle to repair the damage. **Please consult your doctor before taking any medications for any reason.**
😁 Go back to the gym. Working the same muscles with less resistance have shown to help in the recovery.
💪🔥Happy recovery everyone!!🔥💪