If you haven’t hit the gym in awhile or have had a rough day of training, you may experience post-workout muscle soreness. Post workout muscle soreness or the technical term delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), can be pretty painful sometimes. Plus, it can be really demotivating because no one enjoys being stiff and sore. The best cure for DOMS is time, but there are some things you can do to relieve the pain.
Workout With A Personal Trainer
It almost goes without saying, but the best way to deal with DOMS is not to develop the soreness in the first place. It’s natural to felt a little tight after a hard workout, but you aren’t supposed to be in serious pain. Working out with a personal trainer can help ensure you don’t hurt yourself when you workout. They will work with you on form and push you only to a point where it is healthy. Plus, they advise you on what to eat before and after workout so your body has the nutrients it needs for recovery.
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
The most important thing to do when you do have DOMS is to hydrate. Hydration helps reduce muscle pain because it helps flush out the toxins released by overworked muscles. It also helps reduce strains and pain in the first place, because hydration means your body is lubricated. So you’ll have a greater range of motion and won’t hurt yourself. It’s also a good idea to add some electrolytes to add in faster muscle recovery.
Do Some Light Stretching
Now the last thing you probably feel like doing is moving. However, some movement can help because overtime it will help reduce the build up of toxins and lactic acid in your body. Stretching is a great way to help relieve the soreness and stiffness as well. The key is to keep it light so that you don’t overextend your body. Some really basic yoga poses like the extended mountain, child’s pose, or seated forward bend can help.
If you’re experiencing DOMS, it’s probably time to consider working with a personal trainer. Our certified personal trainer at Everlasting Changes will help ensure that when you workout you feel great afterwards. We offer one on one and group fitness training sessions to meet your personal needs.
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