I’m not going to lie, I am pretty darn sore from my at home workout the other day.
I wasn’t expecting to be sore at all, especially since I used mostly my bodyweight and light dumbbells.
I’m sore in a really random place too. Not my inner thigh, and not my hamstring, but in between there? I can’t even explain it.
My shoulder’s are tender too! Who knew?
I thought we could all use a little reminder on ways to prevent the “oh my gosh I can’t move how the heck did I get this sore” feeling the next morning.
Bittersweet, I tell ya.
I’m sure the tips I’m about to give are pretty common and well known. But I sure as heck don’t follow them nearly enough as I should.
- Don’t forget to cool down after your workout. This allows your body to flush out lactic acid, and your muscles to get back to normal after a workout. I usually take 5-10 minutes to walk and stretch.
- Stretch, stretch, stretch. I’m definitely one of those people who leave a class early and say that I’ll stretch at home. I have all the intention to, but then I forget.
- Foam Roll. Probably my favorite thing ever. It’s pretty much like a deep tissue massage and allows you to roll out the soreness.
4. Rest. Give your muscles time to recover. Allowing them to rest is super important and essential so you don’t continue to tear them down.
5. Light Exercise. If you want to do something, light exercise is fine such as swimming, yoga, or anything not directly using the sore muscle.
6. Drink Water. Staying hydrated is important on a daily basis, but feeding your muscles with the proper amount of water is needed.
7. Post-Workout Nutrition. Not fueling right after your workout can also lead to your muscles becoming sore. Try a snack including carbs and protein within 30 minutes after your done working out.
8. Sleep. Not getting enough sleep causes your muscles to actually break down even further. Your muscles recover a lot of the time while you sleep.
Which of these things do you always remember to do?
Which of these things do you always forget?
Do you workout if you’re still sore?