How do you deal with post-workout soreness?
What can be done to minimize post-workout soreness before and after a workout? What kind of workout is recommended for someone who is quite sore from the previous day's workout? Should you work through the soreness or rest and only do stretches the next day?
The soreness usually appears when the workout routine is not regular or you are a beginner. If you are a beginner you should give your body some time before going on high level workouts, where as If you are a non regular work out person the soreness might appear time to time depending on what kind of parts you work on. In any case you should not stop working out completely if soreness is bearable and less you could start with a good warm up followed by stretch and the continue you daily routine. If you are suffering from a whole lot soreness you could just take a hot water therapy and stretch with working out half of what you daily do.
If in any case you are regular work out person and still feel the soreness you should probably check your movements as they may some time cause soreness cause of inclusion of unwanted muscles, or you should change your routine according to what your body can easily take increase with time!
Before doing a workout, even one you normally do but ESPECIALLY before a new workout or stepping your workout up a level, you should do a good warmup session and then some good stretches, targeting especially the areas you will be working. I know this adds time to your workout but it is really worth it.
At the end of your workout, you should do stretches again. These help to ease stiffness. A good hot soak in the bath can help too.
If you are stiff the next day, try walking. This is an excellent exercise for getting all body parts moving again.
You really should warm up in some way before doing stretches. It is not good to stretch cold muscles that have not been doing much. Some brisk walking on the spot, or jumping jacks, or even walk up and down the stairs a few times will help to warm your muscles up, ready for doing stretches. Swimming is a good exercise between workout days, if you don't like walking.
Any of a number of protein powders, specifically whey protein, following the workout usually work pretty well, as do augmenting the the shake with creatine and/or glutamine. All of these can be obtained for relatively cheap through the internet. As far as soldiering through versus rest/stretching go, that's mainly a matter of personal preference based on how you are feeling that particular day.
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