23 Jun Stop being sore after exercise!
Six weeks ago I made a decision – I stopped the excuses and started a training routine again. Since then and like most others who train, I wake up the next day barely able to walk or treat clients from the amount of pain that follows a solid training session.
When our muscles undergo intense training, this creates both physical stress and micro-trauma to our muscles and all other body parts which facilitate the muscles (i.e your ligaments and tendons). With the right trainer, along with ensuring that your exercise is carried out in a controlled volume, you can end up with great physical benefits and results. Combine this with ample rest, sleep and a well-balanced diet, and your recovery will become far less arduous, and you will gain much more strength!
When trying a new training program, the micro-trauma to our muscles, tendons, and ligaments causes an elevated release of growth factors and other chemicals that the body uses to sense pain. This is why workouts should be based around training above a certain threshold in order to build this muscle and tissue, but also ensuring to train below a threshold that avoids stiffness and injury for you personally.
If you do end up getting DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), what are you doing to actively recover? No one wants to miss a training session.
With so much research available on recovery tools, I named 4 of my favourites:
- Remedial massage – Find a good place with world-class practitioners (always be sure to check therapist reviews on Google and Facebook before making a decision)
- Float tanks
- Light stretching
- Very light cardio exercises
To wrap this up: always ensure you speak with your coach / trainer, and don’t do too much, too fast. Create a plan, and enjoy the journey to your goal.
If anyone else has any other favourite recovery tools, feel free to message us! We would love to get some suggestions of what your favourite recovery tools are!