Muscle soreness is normal after a workout and its usually a good sign you had a great workout. However, muscle soreness not only is painful but it can prevent us from continuing to workout, so here are 5 ways to relieve muscle soreness.
- Bananas: Eating bananas post workout will help your sore muscles recover faster. Their key ingredient is their high content of potassium. It’s what I usually go for after a killer leg day!
- BCCAA’s: Are branched chain amino acids that are part of the 8 essential amino acids are body needs to consume from foods because are body cannot naturally produce them. Amino acids are small units that make up proteins. Protein is essential for building muscle. They can be purchased in pill form or powder. I prefer powder and I mix it in with my pre workout before the gym. This is helps my muscles recover more quickly so I am not feeling sore for long periods of time. This is the one I am currently taking by Shredz. Another great one, thats also very affordable is by Biotech, you can find them at Vitamin Shoppe for like $20 for a 30 day supply.
- Ice cold bath: While a hot shower or bath might initially feel better, trust me I know! Try a cold shower or bath instead. Ice baths are commonly in many athletes looking to gain a competitive advantage. The cold water will help reduce muscle swelling and shorten the duration of your recovery, allowing you to get back to the gym!
4. Coffee: Researchers at the University of Illinois conducted a research of 25 fit, college men. The men were given 2.5-3 cups of caffein before a workout. After testing the groups, the researchers found a significant reduction in quadricep muscle pain after they were given caffein.