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Post Workout: Taking Care of Muscle Soreness

October 12, 2010

Here are some reasons on how and why you feel the way you do after your workout and types on taking care of your body.

Delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS is the technical term for soreness that you feel the next day or two after an intense workout.  This phenomenon is a result of your muscle fibers breaking down and then rebuilding.  Experiencing DOMS after a really intense workout is normal.

However, if you are too sore and it deters you mentally or physically from performing at a high intensity, then a recovery day may be in order. 

 

There are two types of recovery: active and passive

1. Passive is pretty self explanatory.  Rest, get plenty of sleep and eat well.

2. Active recovery, on the other hand, is often times overlooked.  To keep improving, you must include active recovery as part of your training program.  Active recovery includes moderate, continuous activity for 15 to 30 minutes.  It is a great way to clear your head, promote blood circulation in a non-strenuous manner.

 

 

Here are some example active recovery workouts you can try:

–        A brisk walk or hike

–        A bike ride

–        A steady jog (only 30 mins)

 Another important type of recovery is self-myofascial release or foam “rolling ”OR a therapeutic massage.

Your Coach,

Michelle

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