I love being back at the gym! It’s so good to take cardio box, step and body sculpt classes again 🙂 And one of the things that’s really helping is working on muscle recovery after the strenuous workout. Here are some ways to help your muscles recover so that you aren’t aching the day after:
1) Stretch before and after exercising. Stretching your muscles before and after exercising helps to loosen them up, avoid injury and become accustomed to the types of motions that you put them through during exercise. Even five minutes before and after exercising can greatly reduce your risk of injury and help you to be more limber while exercising, in addition to reducing soreness.
2) Take a walk afterwards. Walking is a very gentle form of exercise and it does so many amazing things for us. Taking a 10 – 20 minute walk after exercising gives you the chance to cool down, relax, let your muscles loosen and congratulate yourself for your hard work. I like to walk after I’ve done my five minutes of stretching.
3) Move around the day of and the day after. Being active throughout the day can really help limber up your muscles ahead of time and reduce soreness afterwards. This can be simply walking around the office at work or cleaning the house. I’m always amazed at how quickly the soreness will go away if you just start moving around the day after!
If you don’t recover correctly from doing exercise, it could cause you to pull a muscle or have a similar injury. If this persists you might need to visit a physiotherapist. Treatment such as this can be performed at a number of locations depending on where you live, including local private hospitals in Birmingham.
What are your tricks to recovering and rejuvenating after strenuous exercise? Share in the comments section below!