• Ben Banbury

How To Not Feel Sore After a Workout

If you're new to exercise or you've started a new exercise routine the muscle soreness the next day can be almost crippling! Here's how to reduce the muscle pain

First things first. If you've just finished a Primal Bootcamp session and I've sent you this - A huge well done from me!

Well done for taking action. Now implement these 3 strategies to reduce your muscle soreness!

Why Do Muscles Get Sore After a Workout?

After a weight training workout you'll usually find you're very sore the next day (or for some, the day after that)

But don't worry this is very common

When you use weights you're tearing down the muscle fibers. As they recover they come back firmer and more defined as the body realises it needs to adapt to the stimulus

This also explains how we get stronger when we perform the same exercises frequently. The body acknowledges it's not strong enough to lift the load so it develops

This is also why it's important to keep upping the weight as you get stronger - to keep your body changing

Same weight = same results

The pain you experience is simply a muscle that is recovering from a challenging exercise, a heavier weight or a new movement it's not used to

If you've just started exercising, expect a lot of soreness for the first one-two weeks!

How Long Will It Last?

This depends on the individual, nutrition, how tough the session was and how effectively you're recovering

It will tend to be longer for newbies and less for people who exercise often

DOMS (delayed muscle soreness) will last between one-three days

How To Reduce The Muscle Pain

I'll put it out there. There's not a great deal you can do to reduce the pain

The muscles recovery process takes a while, but you can help it with a few tricks;

1. Go for a Walk, Swim or Gentle Cycle

Your muscles are cranky and sore, so they need nutrients to aid recovery. By going for a walk or any other form of gentle cardio you'll be pumping more blood back into the muscle

The nutrients present in the blood will speed the recovery process up

2. Foam Roll

Foam rolling releases tension in the muscle's connective tissue

Studies have shown that rolling out your muscles can help the soreness. It can also increase performance for the next workout

3. Hot Bath

Warm baths have been proven to help reduce muscle soreness as well. Similar to going for a walk, hot baths will also increase the circulation in the muscle

The increased circulation allows the healing process to quicken

Adding Epson salts will also reduce inflammation in your joints and help you relax

Enjoy It!