Ever felt muscles so sore that you could hardly move after a workout? We feel you girls!
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is super common, especially when you are new to working out, or have been pushing your body extra hard lately.
Whilst DOMS is totally normal, you don’t just have to put up with it!
Here our WBK FIT Trainers fav ways to beat muscle soreness so you can slay your next workout!
BCAAs have always been a staple in my workout routine for muscle recovery! I personally LOVE Beyond BCAAs-EAAs because it really helps reduce muscle soreness, and also gives me razor sharp focus at the gym to slay my workouts. Lets just say, if you went a little crazy on leg day, consider BEYOND your best friend!
The essential amino acids in BEYOND help decrease lactic acid build up in muscles and reduce muscle breakdown, which is exactly how it helps to reduce DOMS. I love drinking the flavor Raspberry Refresh during my workout, or turning it into a post-workout recovery slushie!
Y’all know the importance of getting active but did you know sleep is just as important too? Getting enough sleep is supperr important to help your muscle cells regenerate and heal from your intense workouts. When you're asleep, your body goes into deep recovery mode, which is exactly what you need to beat DOMS!
Aim to get around 7-9 hours sleep each night. I know it’s easier said than done, but your body will thank me later, bbs!
Something I think is SO underrated when it comes to beating muscle soreness, is active recovery! On the days you are not exercising, it can be really beneficial to get your body moving in a gentle way. This can help stimulate blood flow and help your muscles heal faster.
My favorite active recovery strategy is going for a walk outdoors. Being able to spend time in nature helps calm my mind, and the walk itself helps my body recover from my intense HIIT workouts!
As a personal trainer, the biggest mistake I see in the gym is people not stretching after a workout. NOT stretching or cooling down properly after a workout is a recipe for muscle soreness.
Stretching helps stimulate blood flow and help the breakdown of lactic acid (which is what makes muscles feel sore). I love spending at least 5 - 10 minutes stretching post-workout to soothe my muscles. You can even use a foam roller to intensify the stretch and get deeper into your muscles!
Whilst muscle soreness is common, you CAN beat it using our WBK FIT trainers favorite strategies! A combination of Katya's, Daisy’s, Elise’s and Hailee’s tips will help decrease lactic acid build up, stimulate blood flow, and help repair your muscles so you’re good to smash out your next workout!
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