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When it comes to working out, there’s “good” pain and then there’s that other kind of pain! A rigorous exercise session almost always brings with it that recognizable “burn” as your body adapts to your level of intensity. Good pain tends to subside when you cease the movements. Pain felt after an intense work-out, sometimes referred to as delayed onset pain, is often caused by a build-up of lactic acid which the body uses to convert to fuel to meet the demands of your physical exertion.
This type of pain is usually temporary. Staying hydrated, resting between sets, and taking the time to warm up your muscles before and after a workout session are just some of the ways to ease the build up of lactic acid in your muscles. The more fit you are, the more efficient your body becomes at processing lactic acid. If you are new to working out, or if you’ve taken a long break from your regular exercise program, you may need to work through those beginning stages of post exercise burn until your body adapts.
Now, for that other kind of pain: Acute stabbing pain and inflammation in your joints or elsewhere in your body that stops you in your tracks - that’s “bad” pain and could be attributed to something more serious such as a tear, sprain or other injury. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing pain and are having trouble moving a joint or limb.
For new and beginner athletes of any age, there are many strategies you can initiate to make the most of your wellness and exercise regime while limiting your recovery time. Here are just a few tips to improve your fitness routine:
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals daily rich in antioxidants. Remember to focus on your pre and post workout meals and be sure to consume foods that are rich in protein and slow-burning carbohydrates. Whole grain toast, egg whites, an apple and a slice of avocado should provide you with just enough energy to power you through a tough exercise session. Exercise triggers the breakdown of muscle protein. This effects your insulin and glycogen levels which means you will need to restore your body’s glycogen storage and muscle protein synthesis after you exercise. Some athletes refer to the 60 minutes following a workout as “The Golden Hour”. This is when they will maximize their work-out efforts by consuming a nutrient-packed post work-out snack within that one-hour time period. A protein smoothie with banana, peanut butter and almond milk should satisfy your hunger, thirst and recovery needs following a fitness session. The harder you worked out, the hungrier you might be, therefore, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and have that post work-out snack ready to go so as to avoid binging on empty non-nutritious calories.
- Hydrate! If you’re serious about exercise, plan on sweating! Sweat is your body’s own natural coolant. It’s important to replace those lost fluids to avoid energy and performance loss, muscle cramps and dehydration. The American Council on Exercise recommends drinking one cup (250 mL) of water 20 to 30 minutes before exercising to allow for absorption. You’ll also need about a cup more of water for every 15 minutes of exercise, and another cup following your last set.
- Warm-up and cool-down those muscles before you begin and after you complete your workout. Avoid stretching your muscles too soon. Warm them up first with 5 or 10 minutes of walking or on the bike, then follow with some gentle stretching. Do the same following your workout. Resist the urge to flop down on the floor in a limp heap following strenuous exercise or that lactic acid will get the best of you. Hop on the treadmill and do some stretching for best post-workout results.
- Consider adding natural food-based supplements to your diet to that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids to help alleviate muscle soreness and speed up recovery time. MOXXOR® OMEGA-3 is a popular brand for athletes because of its powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients and antioxidants. MOXXOR® OMEGA-3 is a 100% pure and natural supplement exclusively from the pristine environment of New Zealand bursting full of rich omega-3s, vitamin-E and antioxidants sourced from the world famous green-lipped mussels, kiwifruit and sauvignon blanc grape seeds that have a full range of essential free fatty acids. If you want to take your work-outs to the next level, consider adding a high quality omega-3 supplement to your nutrition plan.
Maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level can increase your overall quality of life while improving your energy, focus, mental clarity and that sense of well-being we all strive for. Don’t let sore muscles and log recovery times stop you from being the best you can be. You can work through it and reach your goals by following simple strategies like the ones listed above and by increasing your omega-3 and antioxidant levels. It’s never too soon or too late to jump on the wellness track and improve your life!