How to Alleviate Post Workout Soreness
Post workout soreness can creep in like a thief in the night. This is the last thing you would want to experience. It can happen while doing the exercises or right after the workout. It can also occur a few hours or even some days after an intensely taxing exercise. Beginners are normally the ones who experience this problem. And if not remedied may be the reason why they easily quit their regimens. Whatever the case workout soreness must and can be prevented.
There is a reason why workout soreness happens during and immediately after the routine. This instance is attributed to the overflow of lactic acid through the muscles. Lactic acid as we know is the most important spin-off of exercise metabolism. Pushing yourself to the limits can cause this soreness. Stop! If you oblige, the soreness will ebb.
The post workout soreness that occurs way hours after the routine is commonly called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). It is when you workout that you “tear down” some muscle tissue. Generally this condition can happen to beginners who have never worked out before. As you go along with your workout routine the body adapts to the workload you compel on it, the less soreness you will feel. And eventually, you will feel not soreness after your exercise but a relaxing feeling.
For the moment, relief will come in two ways. If there is no swelling, a warm bath may help ease the post workout soreness on the tensed muscle. But if swelling occurs, ice is a better choice. But if you continue to do your workout over and over again, it will finally stop to make you sore. Doing some slow stretching exercises brings blood flow to the sore areas. This in turn fast forward the healing process. But if you can afford it, a massage is the most favorable option. Although there are contraptions like foam roller or Body Rolling Ball which combines stretching and massage.
But most of all vitamins like Vitamin E may aid in the relief of post workout soreness. Although, these findings are still under investigation and experiments are being done for comparative analysis in nutritional differences of groups. According to the researchers protein supplemented group are better off than placebo and controlled groups. Moreover post workout soreness was reduced by protein supplementation as compared to placebo and controlled groups. But still other people have found relief from ibuprofen.
This goes to show that athletes or people on strength training will achieve a speedier recovery if they take in a carbohydrate-protein liquid supplement right after each workout. More experiments or researches are still needed to further prove the theory.
Post workout soreness can be good. Soreness is a goal to be sought after. In the sense that when tear of the muscle fiber happens, the rebuilding can make the muscle stronger and bigger than before. The soreness is an indication of a successful workout. And the complete dissolution of soreness is a sign of full recovery.