Let's face it.
We've all experienced those mornings where we wake up with throbbing muscles following our last workout and without a doubt, it usually leaves us in two minds.
Either, you're ecstatic that you obviously smashed your workout for your muscles to ache to this degree, or you're in so much pain that the mere thought of going back to the gym and performing another squat is just...no.
The aching that you're experiencing is something called 'DOMS' - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness and it's honestly not as daunting as you first think.
We promise you, your body will recover and you'll be back to climbing the stairs without wincing and at a normal pace in no time.
DOMS is an exercise-related muscle pain which usually develops 24-48hrs after you've completed new or strenuous exercise that your body isn't accustomed to. It's all beginning to make sense...
So, the question everyone's asking - how do we get rid of those horrendously sore muscles and speed up the recovery process?
Well, we've done a little research for you and we're happy to say, we now have a valid excuse for a Netflix and chill day.
Speed Up Your Recovery
1. Have a Chill Day.
It's confirmed, sleeping helps repair muscle growth post-workout - I know, we can't believe it either. So, what better excuse do you need to take a chill day and catch up on some well-deserved beauty sleep whilst your muscles repair themselves?
2. Get the Wheels Moving.
Unfortunately, we can't say that staying in bed all day is the ultimate solution to overcoming muscle soreness, we're sorry. Your muscles will however, adjust to the new exercises over time and grow stronger as a result, meaning that your recovery time will become shorter. Keep the hard work up and you'll thank us.
3. Make Foam Rolling Your Best Friend.
Knots, knots, knots. We've all experienced the pain of muscle knots at some point after exercise.
Introducing your best friend, the foam roller - designed to increase blood flow, muscle elasticity and reduce stiffness, you'll be back to your ache-free self in no time.
4. Hydration and Nutrition.
Protein. Carbohydrates. Water
Need we say more?
5. Warm Up, Down, and Stretch It All Around.
Take it back to basics and stretch it all out. Simple, effective and a fast way to help your muscles recover.
For pre-workout warm up, dynamic stretches are your go-to. Get stretching, you're sure to feel better for it.
Or, even mix it up a little and try incorporating some low impact cardio such as swimming and cycling - increase your blood flow and reduce your muscle soreness.
Let us know below your tips on overcoming the dreaded DOMS.