Staying in shape is difficult to do. Millions of people make it their New Year’s resolution to be more active or to lose weight, but so many quit after just a few days or weeks. Why is that? It may be because of the aches and pains that we’re left with after a good workout. To help combat that pain and get on the road to recovery, there are a few tips and tricks you can utilize to get the gain without the pain.
We always dread the day after a rigorous workout as it is often filled with aches and pains from overworking our bodies. Lounging around the next day is what many of us do, but what we should actually be doing is continuing to stay active. Now, that doesn’t mean do the same hardcore fitness routine from the day before as your body does actually need to rest. Just make sure that you leave your couch at some point throughout the day. Go for a light walk, do some yoga poses, perhaps take a dip in the pool — anything to get those sore muscles moving again. And remember to stretch before every workout.
Another thing you need to make sure that you’re doing after a workout is staying hydrated. During your exercise, you sweat out of a lot of your body’s fluids, and replenishing them is essential to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is no joke, symptoms include:
- Dry Mouth
- Increased Thirst
- Decreased Urination
- Less Tear Production
- Dry Skin
No one wants to continue working out if they feel sick afterward, so make sure that your water bottle is always in sight so that you stay healthy. Staying hydrated is also key to avoiding or minimizing sore muscles.
After working out, your body needs a few things, one of which being energy. And what better way to fuel your body than to have a healthy snack or meal? Now, just because your body is hungry doesn’t mean that you should go eat an entire surf and turf dinner. Be sure to stick to healthy foods that help your body heal, such as these examples from Healthy Women:
- Non-fat/low-fat yogurt, granola, and fruit
- Whole-grain waffles and almond butter
- Non-fat/low-fat chocolate milk and whole-grain pretzels
- Tuna fish on whole-wheat bread
- Banana and almond butter
Not only do these snacks assist in your body’s recovery, but they also aren’t packed full of unnecessary sugar or calories. And yes, you read that right — chocolate milk is a great post-workout beverage.
Recover with Gladiator Therapeutics
Doing all of those things following a workout can help minimize the pain and accelerate healing but what if we told you there was one more thing to add to your post-workout routine? Well, there is — the Gladiator Device. The far infrared therapy within the device helps to increase circulation and allow blood to flow to the areas of the body that need to be repaired, such as sore and inflamed muscles.
NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.