When you begin training for the first time, or change your workout frequency, intensity, time or type of session then you may feel a bit sore over the following couple of days. This is perfectly normal but shouldn’t last more than 24-48hrs and should become less intense as you get used to your training.
If you are living a generally sedentary lifestyle then it may not take much to feel a bit tender but don’t be concerned, here are four tips to speed up the recovery process so you feel ready to get up and moving every day!
It may sound simple, but most of us should drink more water every day. It helps you achieve any goal and definitely speeds up workout recovery. It will hydrate the body and bring nutrients to the muscles where they are needed enabling you to get back to the gym that much sooner.
Nice and Hot, or nice and Cold
You might have a few aches and pains bothering you after a workout and that can be caused by inflammation of the tendons, joints and muscles. A couple of options, a nice hot bath can relax the muscles and just as importantly – relax the mind. A cold shower can reduce inflammation and take some of the discomfort away, as long as you can stand your teeth chattering a bit! You will see elite athletes do both but for most of us it is about balance rather than extremes!
Rest, Rest, and More Rest
Your body does most of its healing while you are sleeping. If you feel like you are physically and mentally fried from a tough workout then hit the hay a bit earlier than usual and get at least eight hours of sleep.