Here are some tips to speed up recovery after a workout that leaves you abnormally sore...
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Take a bath.
While there is still some debate about exactly how Epsom salts work to rid the body of muscle waste, many of us find great relief from them. You can also add essential oils to your bath and harness their healing properties to further aid your recovery. My fellow yoga teacher and workout enthusiast Catherine LaVallee swears by the Aprés Sport Soothing Bath Salt Soak and the Muscle Melt Comforting Body Butter from Saje Natural Wellness after any intense workout.
4. Listen to your body.
Pay attention to what your body is craving. Of course, I would recommend yoga; it might be yin to get a deep stretch, restorative to 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.
Written By: Christine Noonan
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