We have all heard somebody say NO PAIN, NO GAIN. The question is how relevant is this quote? It goes without saying that working muscles to full exertion is going to lead to some pain; but there are things we can do to prevent workout soreness and speed up recovery.
Workout soreness is known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and many people use this as their judgement as a gauge of progress. This soreness has not actually been proven as a valid way to judge progression in your training; therefore one should look at ways to prevent workout soreness. Read on to find out how:
This is the most abundant amino acid in the human body and also one of the best supplements available. It speeds up recovery of muscles; therefore reducing pain and has even been known to boost your immune system. Taking 5 to 10g a day is the recommended daily intake but this will vary upon each individual.
2. Deep tissue massage
Professional athletes and sports stars across the globe rely on deep tissue massage, it can increase flexibility and release tension and stiffness in joints, muscles, bones and ligaments AND is proven to reduce pain and recovery time from strenuous exercise.
Everybody thinks of caffeine as a wakeup call but it has many other benefits too; one of the best being ability to improve strength and performance. Scientists also suggest that caffeine blocks central nervous receptors that are linked to pain.
Muscles need water to function properly and when you exercise they become dehydrated. Drink plenty of water at regular intervals throughout the day for optimal recovery and function.
As always, food is the most important factor in all of your fitness goals. Your post workout meal is arguably the second most important meal of the day. If you don’t replace the nutrients you have used in the workout- your recovery will suffer a great deal. we would advice you to miss a workout than a meal any day of the week.
Don’t worry if your workouts don’t hurt like they used to, as time goes on it gets harder to achieve the same levels of pain as when you first started training. This is a good thing, it shows your condition is improving so carry on as you are. As long as you are giving 100% every workout, you have no need to worry!