Do you really struggle with aching or even walking after a workout? If so you’re probably suffering from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) – this post will help you can try and prevent it.
Sometimes the aches are so bad that the thought of exercising again makes you feel ill!!!! and you feel like it’s never going to go away.
So what are DOMS? Delayed onset muscle soreness are the aches and pains you feel 24 to 48 hours after doing high intensity exercise that your body isn’t used to. It doesn’t seem fair that you’re in so much pain after exercising but it’s a sign that you’re doing something right.
Intense resistance training is aimed to produce micro tears in your muscles so that they recover stronger and firmer and the soreness shows your fitness is improving.
There are ways to reduce the aches but why are they happening? It’s nothing to do with lactic acid, but blood flow and healing after your workout has created inflammation of your muscles. As the hours pass blood flow to the muscles to help repair the micro tears.
One quick and cheap way to ease the pain is a cup of epsom salts in a warm bath for you to soak in. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium which widens blood vessels and increases blood flow to your muscles to speed up recovery. Steak with sweet potatoes, spinach and red peppers are the ultimate recovery meal (muscle building protein, vitamin E, and vitamin C).
So next time you ache have a soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts and a steak meal. It wont last long and just remember the aches are a sign you’re doing something right so it’s a really positive thing….. no pain, no gain!!
Last week at the academy saw some great lessons with the kids having a go at board breaking which they all loved!!! We also had our Saturday Special sparring last weekend which was fantastic with Mr Gwilym Walker showing some great drills to work on. It was a sweaty but brilliant afternoon.
Coming up is Sports Relief week all next week where we’re raising money by sponsored screen time reduction so join in to increase activity and socialising whilst raising money for a great cause.
Black Belt gradings for both kickboxing and karate are next weekend along with Mr Walkers boys night on Saturday which will be great fun.