Tips for Keeping Post-Workout Muscle Pain in Check
A great workout comes at a price. In the days afterward, you'll doubtless feel some degree of post-workout muscle soreness, particularly if you're just beginning to exercise regularly. Don't let it discourage you. As you get stronger, soreness will become more manageable. And these tips from Metabolic Research Center will help.
Before your workout
- Before you head into the gym, 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 some light pre-workout cardio and stretching to properly prime your muscles and joints for what's ahead.
During your workout
- Keep moving at a constant, steady pace throughout your workout. This helps to keep fresh blood pumping, delivering repairing oxygen to your taxed muscles.
- Stay hydrated throughout your workout. Fill a water bottle and take a drink at least once every 15 minutes.
- If you sweat heavily, down an electrolyte-infused sports drink during or immediately after your workout. They deliver essential salts that regulate heartbeat, nerve function and muscular contractions.
After your workout
- End your exercise session with a solid stretch and to boost blood flow back to your muscles. Also consider a foam roller massage to knead out any knots.
- Immediately after exercising, take in a snack with a 4:1 ration of carbs to protein to restore spent nutrients.
- Finish thing up with a cold post-workout shower to reduce muscle inflammation.
If you need help getting started with an effective exercise and nutrition program, call 800-501-8090 and speak with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss counselor today.
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