How to get rid of muscle soreness after a workout?
You’ve just begun working out, after watching a ton of inspirational videos on YouTube.
You go all out the first day, try your hand at all the machines at the gym, imitating whatever the people around you are doing.
And then you wake up the next morning with your body turning into concrete, unable to move a single muscle because of all the pain. Well, this is called DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
Your body ruptures and wear out a lot of tissues during workout, especially muscle tissues. These are repaired by your body when you rest.
Muscle repair requires protein, which can be obtained from a proper diet.
Regardless, this repair peaks during rest hours, and hence the soreness. Want to know how to keep these aches away? Try out a few methods i list below!
Protein is not the end all of fitness; take too much and you’ll land yourself into trouble. But there’s no way you’re going to get too much protein without a supplement.
A rule of thumb is to eat as many grams of protein as many kilos you weigh each day. So that leaves an average guy nearly 80 grams of protein, and that can be quite a task.
Eat lots of protein rich food, like egg whites, milk, soy, lean meats and any other sources you may know of.
Protein synthesis peaks a few hours after workout, so it could be helpful to consume a nice amount 20-30 minutes before that window.
Soreness is also caused by a build up of lactic acid in muscle tissues. This happens especially when you work out without warming up, or when you’re training for explosive strength.
Otherwise too, your body takes out a lot of toxins each time you exercise. Blood circulation is boosted when you stretch, and the squeezing out of your muscles also helps remove unwanted stuff from them.
It is also hypothesised that this helps your lymphatic system take out some nasty stuff, but there is yet to be any conclusive research on that front.
Stretching can be incorporated in your cool down, and can be done at other times during the day as well.
This boost to blood circulation can keep aches and pains away, prevent posture problems that can be triggered, if not caused, by gyming and also make you feel refreshed and energised after a taxing workout.
Get a massage
You’re going to love this one; get a massage. Massages are a great way to get blood flowing in your body, taking care of your skin as well as feeling good.
A fragrant oil massage is amazing to destress, take out aches and promote overall well being.
If you’d rather not spend an hour at the spa, or if you don’t have the money, don’t fret. Simply take some body oil or lotion, apply it to your skin and rub it in gradually, applying a comfortable amount of pressure.
It puts you in touch with your body, which is an altogether amazing feeling, while also taking care of the muscles beneath your skin.