Tips for Reducing Post-Workout Muscle Soreness


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Whether a newbie taking your first cardio class or a veteran bodybuilder showing 'em how it's done, a truly effective workout inevitably means one thing - sore muscles. Particularly for those just beginning regular exercise routines, that post-workout pain can be daunting. But don't throw in the proverbial towel yet. Metabolic Research Center offers these tips to help soothe your post-workout muscle pain and soreness, ensuring you'll stick with it.

Pre-workout

  • Before your workout, enjoy a low-fat, high-carb snack with a bit of protein, and drink a cup of caffeinated tea or coffee to help boost muscular strength and endurance.
  • Warm up with a bit of pre-workout cardio and stretching to properly prep your muscles and joints.

During your workout

  • Don't stop moving during your workout. Keep a constant, steady pace so that fresh blood continues pumping, delivering repairing oxygen to your taxed muscles.
  • Keep that water bottle with you and stay hydrated with a few swigs at least once every 15 minutes.
  • If you're a heavy sweater, down an electrolyte-infused sports drink during or immediately after your workout. They deliver essential salts that help to regulate heartbeat, nerve function and muscular contractions.

Post-workout

  • Close out your exercise session with a good stretch and a foam roller massage to help boost blood flow back to your muscles and knead out any knots.
  • Immediately post-workout, down a snack with a 4:1 ration of carbs to protein to restore spent nutrients.
  • Wrap it all up with a cold post-workout shower to reduce muscle inflammation.

For more guidance and support in developing and maintaining a healthy, weight loss-friendly lifestyle, call 800-501-8090 and speak with a Metabolic Research Center counselor today.

 

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