You just woke up the morning after an intense workout at the gym. As you begin to lift yourself out of bed, you feel the soreness of your muscles. You plant your feet on the ground and walk across your bedroom floor, but your legs are hurting with each step you take. “I’m definitely taking a rest day from working out today,” you think to yourself. But is that really the best plan for you?
If you’ve told yourself the above before, you’re not alone. Majority of people do think that taking a rest day due to soreness is a good idea. However, there’s something even better you can do for yourself. Believe it or not, working out is better for sore muscles than not working those muscles at all. Does that mean you should hit the gym and go all out? Probably not. But a light workout that increases blood flow will help your muscles recover sooner.
How can I prevent soreness?
There are a few tips that we would recommend to everyone. First, mix a BCAA (branch chain amino acid) supplement in with your water and drink during your workout. BCAAs serve many excellent purposes including decreasing soreness, reducing exercise fatigue, increasing muscle growth, enhancing fat loss, improving exercise performance, and preventing muscle loss.
The second recommendation would be to take an epsom salt bath the night after your intense workout. In water, the epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. Between the salt and soaking in warm water, this helps relax your muscles and loosen stiff joints.
Our final tip would be to follow a proper warm up and recovery routine before and after your workouts. This consists of various foam rolling exercises and stretching.
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