You’ve just completed a high intensity sweat session and you know without a doubt that your body is going to be sore tomorrow. The kind of sore where walking down stairs becomes a challenge and the thought of hitting the gym again feels unappealing.
We’ve been there.
To ensure your fitness routine doesn’t lose its momentum, here are 5 ways to support your body more efficiently as it repairs and recovers.
Stretch ASAP. Since your muscles have undergone a lot of movement and contraction, it’s important to stretch them out so they return to their normal length. Stretching each muscle group for 20-30 seconds will also help reduce soreness the following day.
Drink Water with Citrus. Hydration is incredibly important before, during, and after your workout. Dehydrated and depleted muscles equal pain, so it’s essential to not only replenish the water you’ve lost, but to also infuse your water with electrolytes. The best way to do that is by squeezing fresh lemon, orange or lime juice into your water bottle.
Eat Protein. Research has shown that drinking a protein shake or high protein meal post-workout can reduce muscle soreness greatly. Protein significantly aids in the repair of your muscles and cells. We recommend sticking to plant-based protein powders and grass fed, pasture raised animal proteins.
Get 8 Hours of Sleep. Sufficient rest is absolutely necessary to give your body time to repair post-workout. The more sleep you get, the more time your muscles have to regenerate, decreasing the amount of soreness you’re likely to experience in the morning.
Soothe Your Muscles. Reduce inflammation the next day with a curcumin-based cream like Curcumin by Xymogen that we recommend here at Parsley. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory that is a better alternative to ibuprofen and aspirin which both damage the digestive system.