This is often a concern for many after a hard workout. Just how sore are you going to be the next day? If you see someone doing a type of penguin walk up or down the stairs, you probably can tell they did legs hard the previous day. There is no shame in that walk, but sometimes you can avoid it entirely. The good news is that it will get better.
The main reason for soreness being present a couple days after a workout is simply because your body is not used to the strenuous activity yet. Whether it is running, lifting or even jumping rope, if you don’t do it frequently, you are going to be sore. So, the more often you do it, the less sore you will be. If you are thinking in the meantime how do you combat this soreness, try a really hot or cold shower. Also, investing in a glutamine supplement could be a good idea. Glutamine has been shown to reduce muscle soreness by up to 50 percent.
We all saw LeBron James a couple years back in the NBA Finals being overcome with leg cramps so badly that he could not perform and was on the verge of tears. He could have avoided all of this if he would have just stayed hydrated. Before, during and after a workout, be sure you are drinking enough water and other drinks that are high in electrolytes. This will help you recover much quicker between workouts.
There are numerous protein shakes on the market that provide the nutrients, amino acids and protein needed that will greatly assist in the recovery process. Anything you put into your body immediately after a workout is absorbed quickly, so make it something nutritional like a protein shake.