At the end of a good workout, we lay on the floor until our breathing and heart rate return to normal, we can begin to make coherent thoughts and then get brought back to reality. Put away equipment, get dressed, drive home, get the kids ready for bed or school, pack a lunch, put on work clothes, get in the car or walk to the bus, and so on, and so on…
What we haven’t done is remember that our body has just done a great deal for us and has helped us survive another day. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if we woke up the next morning or went to bed that night knowing we could prevent some of the soreness?
The following list are some tips to reduce DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), fuel your body so you can keep working towards your goals and not want to eat the drywall when you get home or to work, and get you ready for the next day:
- Drink plenty of water – anywhere from 500mL to 1L
- Foam roll or do a mobility piece
- Eat a full meal within 90 minutes, and include anti inflammatory foods if you can!
- If you can’t eat within 90 minutes, a protein shake will hold you over until you can eat