We’ve all heard the age-old expression, no pain no gain. But never does this expression ring quite so true as to when we wake up the morning after a workout and can barely stumble out of bed. Post workout pain can be a bittersweet experience. Part of you feels proud of working so hard while the other part is dreading the next time you have to get up from your chair.
There are many ways you can mitigate post workout pain and minimise the amount of stiffness and soreness you experience the next day (or two) following your workouts. Here are some tips:
Why Do We Experience Pain After Working Out?
When you work out, your muscles are being stretched and strained in ways that can make them tired and sore if they’re not properly taken care of. There are things you can do both before, during and after workouts that will reduce the soreness.
If you do heavy running, cycling or strength training, make sure you are properly warming up your muscles so they are ready to take on that strain.
Follow up the workout by performing a lengthy stretch. Stretching loosens up the tense muscles which helps to reduce the amount of post workout pain you feel afterwards.
Rest days are also important. You might feel that working out as hard as you can, as much as you can, will help you to see results sooner but that is not true. Your body needs periods of rest to help to fix itself and become stronger. Take rest days to help you to reach your fitness goals even faster.
How BCAA Supplements Reduce Soreness
Stop soreness even before your workout by adding BCAA supplements to your diet.
BCAA stands for “branched-chain amino acids” and is made up of three essential amino acids: Leucine, Valine, and Isoleucine. These amino acids are not produced naturally by the body and are critical in the growth and repair of muscle tissue.
Taking BCAA’s before and after workouts will aid your muscles in the repair process. This helps to reduce the amount of soreness you will experience the following day.
Finally, stay hydrated to reduce the amount of post workout pain!
During a workout your muscles are working hard and they need to replenish the water your body lost. Stay hydrated before, during, and especially after your workout to speed up your recovery time.
Staying adequately hydrated also improves blood flow throughout your body. This, in turn, aids your muscles in repairing themselves and will help with any stiffness or soreness the following day.