After an intense workout session involving cardio and weight training, it is common for us to feel tired, which is why post-workout rest and recovery may be just as important as spending hours in the gym.
However, that doesn’t mean sitting down in front of Netflix all day is better than exercising! It is important to look after your body and muscles in the best way possible. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t build muscle while lifting weights, you actually build muscle whilst resting in between sessions!
Read this article to learn some of our top sore muscle recovery tips.
Why recovery is important
Recovery time between sessions helps the body to adapt to the stress of exercise. It also allows time for the body to replenish energy and repair damaged tissue. Is there such a thing as too much exercise? The answer is maybe, but it is important that you make sure you’re not pushing your body to breaking point and you’re factoring in appropriate rest and recovery time.
Both weight training and resistance training put immense strain on the muscles. Keeping muscles healthy can help prevent injury, muscle pain, weakness, or cramping. Everything in your body is connected so that means having strong muscles really supports your entire body! Recovery prevents accidents and can also relieve some symptoms of chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis. If the muscles aren’t healthy, they can develop muscle imbalances which can place stress on the joints, therefore resulting in injury.
Some sore muscle recovery tips
- Always ensure you are drinking enough water to keep yourself hydrated
- Invest in some protein pre-workout snacks that are low in fat
- Take a cold shower post-workout to reduce inflammation of the muscles
- Look into the different types of sports recovery products.
Investing in certain types of sports recovery products can have a huge impact on not only your muscle health but your overall mobility and quality of life. We would recommend using a muscle recovery product like a foam roller to get deep into the muscle tissue to keep them in the best health. Try our vibrating foam roller to get the most effective results possible.
How recovery products help with muscle health
Through myofascial release, a foam roller can encourage oxygen flow to the muscles which improves overall circulation. Myofascial release refers to a technique where pressure is applied to the muscle to ease pain by relaxing the contracted muscles and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. It works well when used regularly as part of your daily routine since the vibrations get deep into the muscle, so you don’t need to physically roll as such to get the same result.
The massage gun is the newest addition to the Pulseroll family. A massage gun delivers strong pulses and vibrations into the muscle tissue, promoting better circulation, relaxing the muscles, and easing pain and soreness. It enables you to apply focused pressure, similar to a deep tissue massage. You can use to it target specific muscle groups and smaller areas that are particularly causing you pain (find out more about the science behind massage guns here).
As part of your post-workout routine, it is extremely important to look after your body and read up on the types of sports recovery products that are available to you. You want to ensure your body is looked after in the best way possible and investing in good sore muscle recovery aids can be a great and effective way to do this.
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