As great as we feel after a workout,most of us wouldn’t mind avoiding the muscle soreness that follows the day after. Often times it can prevent us from performing great during our next session or even worse stop us from going altogether. Here are a few recovery tips to help you decrease muscle soreness and maximize your performance.
Hydration: Drink ½ of your weight in ounces of water per day
This may seem like a simple and “no brainer” tip but most people don’t drink enough water to support full muscle recovery. To ensure proper hydration following an event, drink half your weight in ounces of water. If you weigh 185 lbs you should be drinking about 93 ounces of water a day. One great way to keep track of this is by knowing the amount of water your favorite glass or stainless steel water bottle carries and drinking only from that throughout the day.
Boost Your Recovery Drink: Add BCAAs to your pre-workout drink
Studies show that adding 5 grams of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) to your pre-workout drink will reduce the amount of muscle soreness up to 5 days after your workout.
Revitalize Your Body: Finish your post workout shower with cold water
Finishing your showers with cold water helps stimulate your body’s immune system, increases blood flow to vital organs, removes metabolic waste which is high after workouts and leaves you feeling revitalized.
Take a Mental Break: Meditate after your workout
Most people would agree that being able to consistently workout is also a mental challenge in addition to being a physical one. Take some time at the end of each workout to meditate on what you have just accomplish, what you will accomplish in your next session, or think of 3 things you are grateful for that day. Being able to have this mental cooldown will not only help you mentally but also increase the amount of positivity in your life.