So you probably worked out really hard yesterday and now you're really sore. Congrats! that means your workout was a good one. Keep it up! You're also probably wondering if theres anything you can do right now to help alleviate the soreness, pain and stiffness. Luckily the GYMCADDY™ Team has a few words of advice and tips on how to get over the soreness. Remember to pick up your GYMCADDY HERE!
So Why Exactly Am I Sore?
That soreness you're experiencing is believed to be caused by a combination of lactic acid and tiny tares that have built up in your muscles after working out. Scientists are still working on figuring out exactly why we get sore. But rest assured its perfectly normal. The good news is you're not going to feel this sore after every single workout. You will build up a tolerance as you progress in your fitness career. Usually when you try out a new workout routine, exercise, or training style you'll feel little sore because you're using muscles that you might have not been using before. Even a new activation pattern will cause you to be a little sore the next day.
Also keep in mind muscle soreness might come a day or two after your workout. This is also normal and is call Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.(DOMS) Just remember theres a big difference between Soreness and Pain. If you're experiencing pain please make sure to get yourself checked out by either a doctor or a physical therapist.
So What Should I Do To Prevent Muscle Soreness?
Over the years the GYMCADDY™ team has noticed there are a few things you can do to avoid muscle soreness. Like we mentioned earlier you will build a tolerance to muscle soreness. Just expect some soreness when you try a new workout routine, a new exercise, or if you start working out again after taking a short break.
Keeping hydrated is a great way to keep muscle soreness away. Remember to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your work out. Water helps to keep your blood flowing freely in your cardio vascular system which also helps deliver nutrients to your muscles. Water also helps to keep your muscle elastic and in working order.
Doing very light exercises that engage the same muscles that are sore can also help relive soreness. You'll get blood flowing through your muscles and again, it'll help deliver much needed nutrients. Slight stretching or foam rolling can also help alleviate soreness, but you'll want to take it easy.
Creatine can also help keep muscle soreness away. Its one of the few supplements GYMCADDY™ recommend you take. You can read our article on Creatine HERE and you can see a list of GYMCADDY™ preferred Creatine Supplements HERE.
If your muscle soreness is really bad we recommend an ice bath. Just fill up your bath tub with cold water and jump in. Stay in there for as long as it takes and then shower with hot water. We find that the shift from cold to hot water helps alleviate your soreness quickly.
Also make sure you have a balanced diet. Remember to take in the appropriate amount of Proteins, Carbs, and Fats. Taking a protein shake after your workout can help with achieving your fitness goals and keep soreness away. For a list of GYMCADDY preferred Protein Powders click HERE.