MUSCLE SORENESS: Prevention & Relief
All athletes experience it..... sore muscles. Sometimes not too sore, other times so sore you might find yourself taking the stairs one step at a time. The best antidote here is prevention. Do all you can prior to working out to enhance your performance, yet keep soreness in check.
PREVENTION MEASURES AND REMEDIES FOR SORE MUSCLES
1. Stay hydrated at all times
2. Be sure to include extra electrolytes if you’re either drinking an abundance of water daily and/or sweating a lot.
3. Maintain a healthy eating plan. Be sure all your nutritional needs are being met. Invest in a meal plan from a reputable source (jillnix.com), that designs the plan according to you, your health needs, athletic needs, allergy needs, and so forth.
4.Take 500-1,000 mg. Vitamin C both one hour pre-workout and again immediately post-workout, depending on the intensity, duration, fitness level and overall health.
7. Sip on carbohydrate/protein shake throughout your workout, or
8. Consume a 7-8% carbohydrate sports drink during workout, to slow the loss of glycogen.
9. Take glutamine post-workout to help restore glutamine level. (See previous blog for dosage recommendations).
10. Drink water and take in electrolytes to hydrate, not energy drinks, etc.
11. Use a foam roller or good old-fashioned rolling pin over area of soreness.
12. Active Recovery: Perform light (30% normal lift weight) or simply engage in a light activity such as walking, a casual bike ride, or swim, for 30 minutes. Be sure to stretch well afterwards.
14. Sitz baths
15. Ice baths
16. Hot baths or showers, heating pad but use it wisely - cold generally should be applied first.
17. Mixed cold/hot showers.
18. Get a massage. If you're a good candidate, get a deep tissue massage, it’s not as comfortable, but works out the knots and stress
19. A homeopathic remedy called, “Arnica Montana”, has been helpful for many athletes...post-workout.
20. Rest / Ice / Compress / Elevate (RICE) 21. Rest/sleep.
Something I do NOT suggest is getting into the habit of taking items such as Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen, these are for rare occasions, and recent studies have shown the damaging e ects to the liver.
WHAT IF THE SORENESS PERSISTS?
If you’re still experiencing soreness past the seven day mark, it’s time to get your area of question checked out by a physician.
Personally, I find many times individuals experience soreness and/or pain of the muscles and/or joints due to:
1. Improper warm-up or no warm-up at all
2. Not stretching sufficiently 3. Training way too long for their fitness level 4. Lifting too heavy of weights, too soon
5. Improper form/technique 6. Poor posture 7. Wearing worn-out shoes 8. Not heeding warning signs of the body
IS IT OKAY TO WORKOUT IF I’M SORE?
You’ll have to decide that for yourself. Olympic athletes, military, and the like work through it on a regular basis. Does this mean you can, too? Not necessarily, or perhaps we’d all be Olympic athletes, lol. You must decide what works for you, what you’re comfortable with, and learn from the experience.
Have a wonderful week!
Be smart and take precautions to save yourself from both soreness and injury by examining the list outlined in this newsletter and begin putting one or two of them to work each week until you’ve experienced the benefits derived from each.
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