As a newbie to the fitness world, I've noticed fitness classes like CrossFit and TRX impacting my life in different ways. Firstly, I’ve seen better lifestyle habits develop such as attending gym classes regularly without them feeling like chores I’m dreading to do.
Secondly, because I’m attending classes regularly, confidence in my physical health and appearance has increased greatly. I have much more satisfaction knowing that I've lost weight and look good. However, there is a downside to this all.
Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS).
DOMS is the soreness muscles feel 24 hours after a rock star workout. A pain in the butt to deal with when I’m trying to pull my shirt over my head in the morning, but it’s something we all should expect when our muscles are getting stronger. I mean no pains, no gains, right? Fortunately, there are remedies to help.
Massage tools are a great way to provide muscles with deep tissue style massages that increase blood flow and relieve muscles of soreness and tightness. Affordable and easy to shop for, using a massager for DOMS will loosen your joints immediately and soothe out the soreness. Foam rollers are great for this as it works to circulate fresh, oxygenated blood and accelerate recovery.
Before and after any exercise, drinking lots of water is key. Hydrating yourself will rid your body of toxins and prevent dehydration, which can make sore muscles feel even worse. It will also help carry the nutrients and electrolytes your muscles and organs need to function properly after running yourself ragged through a workout.
Although your muscles may be feeling much discomfort, you shouldn’t stop moving. Whether it’s low-intensity exercise or yoga, the slow and steady movement will relax your muscle fibers and lengthen them to provide relief. Remember to incorporate a 10-minute cool-down phase after your workouts to reduce stress on your heart and muscles.
Contributing Author: Adriana Michelle