Back to gym and sore!
The New Year has arrived so again we rush with fulfilling our resolutions, getting back to diet, signing up to gym and promising ourselves we are going to be ever so good this year…:) For gyms in particular must be a “Christmas ” time, until mid February… Don’t get me wrong, I wish you every success with your plan, strength and self discipline to stick with whatever you want to change! As they say, if it doesn’t challenge you then it’s not going to change you! And it’s going to hurt 🙂
After getting over my post holiday jet lag, I made my first trip to the gym this year and thought there is no point of taking it slow… Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness usually appears 12-48hours after your workout or strenuous activity and it is perfectly normal, although takes a joy out of every day tasks:) The micro tears in muscle, caused by exercise need sufficient recovery time to heal and meantime to speed up the process there is few things you can do to ease the pain.
My favorite ways of dealing with DOMS is a hot bath with Magnesium Flakes or Epsom salts which is rich in Magnesium ( naturally helps your muscles to relax), although even easier to use is Magnesium Oil, that you can spray and massage into your skin everyday.
Massage helps with blood circulation and waste removal, but if you can’t make an appointment, I always recommend using foam roller after your workout or even using it daily. And don’t forget to stretch! People don’t stretch enough and that leads to tightness and pain.
Keeping hydrated is very important and you should drink even more after your workout to help with the removal of toxins. Just checking the colour of your urine can tell you if your body is well hydrated, if it is the colour of an apple juice ( or worse like a whiskey!) – drink more!
There is always thousand things on our “to do” list, but do not underestimate the importance of your sleep! 7hours is a healthy minimum, and as someone said ” your muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and build in bed!” 🙂
I wish you all success and good health in 2016!