6 Ways to Speed up Muscle Recovery
- Stay hydrated
- Get more sleep
- Take cold baths or apply ice packs
- Foam roll to warm up and cool down
- Increase your protein intake
- Stretch it out
Do you suffer from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after a tough workout? It’s a common problem but can easily be avoided. These are some of the simplest and most effective muscle recovery techniques to combat the issue!
Drinking water after a workout can rid the body of toxins and prevent dehydration. Dehydrated muscles are painful muscles!
Get more sleep
It’s important to give your body enough recovery time! Lack of sleep could be making you more prone to injury. Try to get 7 – 8 hours a night if possible.
Take cold baths or apply ice packs
It’s said that applying ice to the area speeds up muscle recovery time by reducing temperature, blood flow and inflammation in the tissue. A common practice used by athletes, also known as cold water immersion or cryotherapy.
Foam roll to warm up and cool down
Foam rollers are the most effective form of muscle recovery. They work by breaking up knots and sore spots in the muscles. Scientific research has shown that Pulseroll vibrating foam rollers break up scar tissue and knotting in the fascia, which is the main reason for the soreness you will be feeling. You can roll out the muscles before and after workouts.
Increase your protein intake
Eating protein before you go to bed allegedly helps with muscle recovery after workouts. Eating protein in the morning can also help reduce food cravings throughout the rest of the day.
Stretch it out
Most people stretch straight after a workout, but it is particularly effective to stretch on your rest days as well! Aim for full body stretches, the longer you can go and the more you can do the better.
Apply these steps on a regular basis and you’ll practically be an expert in muscle recovery!