That’s to be expected, and should be considered as the reward for working hard whilst getting your sweat on and pushing your body to its upper limits. Anything less and it’s safe to assume you’re not working hard enough! No pain - no gain!
That sensational pain and stiffness you experience in those worked muscles is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS. This cheeky bugger is what has you dreading the idea of getting out of bed the next morning, trying to lift your arms to wash up and then walking up the stairs at the office the following day!
DOMS is thought to be caused by eccentric (lengthening) exercises, which causes microtrauma to the muscle fibers. After such exercise, the muscle adapts to prevent muscle damage and soreness should the exercise be repeated.
The pain response we experience is the body's way of alerting us that repair work is going on and that your body is in recovery mode. The human body is an amazing machine and will always let you know when you need to rest up as well as when you can get cracking again.
Treating DOMS is not an exact science however there are many ways in which you can minimize its effects on your body, your life and most importantly, your workout regimen. Static stretching post workout will help reduce muscle strain and initiate muscle recovery whilst improving flexibility and joint range of motion. Light massage can reduce tightness and increase bloodflow to the affected areas speeding up the recovery process. Having a warm bath helps to loosen up tight muscles and improve circulation allowing more oxygen and nutrient rich blood to your aching muscles.
Whilst these steps can help, ensuring you have the right diet and supplementation can pay huge dividends - after all 80% is what you put in right? Don't put your progress at risk by not giving your body the proper ingredients it needs for muscle repair and full recovery.
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Having a whey protein shake immediately after training triggers rapid muscle recovery and repair. Whey protein supplements contain a high concentration of essential amino acids which assist with protein synthesis.
Branched Chain Amino Acids are the key amino acids that stimulate protein synthesis and help regulate protein metabolism whilst helping to build muscle and repair tissue in the body. BCAA’s are extremely useful for recovery.
Glutamine is also important for post-workout recovery as glutamine helps support muscle repair and stimulates new muscle growth. Glutamine speeds post-workout recovery and increases Growth Hormone Production for more gains.
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