Here are some tips to speed up recovery after a workout that leaves you abnormally sore..
Move, stretch and roll
Kelly Taphouse of MOVE Fitness Club recommends keeping moving after a workout to flush lactic acid from the body. Even walking will help rid the body of these post-workout toxins. As for stretching, choose from traditional stretches that will counter-balance your workout. Try foam rolling or using a tennis or lacrosse ball to loosen up targeted muscles groups. Just be sure to spend at least five to 10 minutes stretching immediately following your workout. If your schedule is tight, you can add in additional stretching later in the day. Ball or foam rolling can be done while getting caught up on your favourite TV show in the comfort of your own home.
Replenish the body with food and drink
We need to replenish the body’s fuel within 30 to 60 minutes of finishing a workout. Choose foods that will keep your body running efficiently, making sure to include protein and adding in a complex carbohydrate. If you’ve sweat a ton, you might want to drink something that will balance your electrolytes. My simplest solution is water with the juice of half a lemon and a few pinches of salt.
give the body a chance to rest and recover, hatha or flow. And if your body is in need of rest, be sure to listen to it and honour that too. It can sometimes take longer than expected for your muscles to recover. However, if you feel something more than muscle soreness, like any sharp, pinching pains, you might want to consult your doctor.
No matter how sore you are, crack a smile and laugh it off. The fact that you’re continuing to push your body and brain is an amazing thing!
If you’re showing up for workouts that are pushing your physical and mental boundaries, I hope some of the above tips help ease the pain and lessen the downtime before you’re back at it again. Stay strong. You’ve got this.
Written by: Christine Noonan
Originally Posted on Christine Noonan Yoga website