Muscle Soreness

Jul 21, 2022

 by Briana Gutierrez

Sore muscles after a workout, also known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is a common occurrence within the fitness world. It happens, but sometimes it can be the worst! Here are a few things you can do to help prevent and reduce DOMS.

  1. Keep up a steady and sufficient intake of Macronutrients and electrolytes. Your body needs fuel to recover. Exercise results in muscle fiber damage (this is not a bad thing!) but in order to repair that damage and grow, you need to provide yourself with enough nutrients. Your body loses electrolytes during exercises which is why proper fluid and electrolyte recovery is also very important and can help prevent soreness.
  2. Baby your muscles. Treat your body right! It’s working hard for you, so give it a thank you in the form of massages, foam rolling and compression garments. All of these practices help stimulate blood flow and alleviate soreness.
  3. Utilize active recovery. Active recovery workouts can support a quicker recovery by reducing lactic acid buildup in muscles, reducing soreness and increasing blood flow. This can be done with gentle stretching, low intensity walking, swimming, or biking. This is a great way to give yourself a break to connect and check-in with your body. 

Keep these practices in your fitness regime and your body will thank you!