I took a few days (ahem, weeks) off from the gym while preparing for and recuperating from the wedding.
boy. am. i. paying. for. it. today.
Although I’m in pain, I actually like feeling sore after a hard workout. There’s nothing worse than waking up the next day, and not feeling an ounce of pain. Did I gain anything? Did I challenge myself enough? ha.
I know there are plenty of you that would like to avoid muscle soreness (post workout)… and this post is for you! 🙂
- Blueberries: The antioxidants in blueberries remove free radicals and reduce muscle fatigue post workout.
- Tart Cherries & Pomegranates: The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of these two fruits act as a natural NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen and aspirin).
- Ginger: Gingerols, inflammation-fighting compounds, may reduce muscle pain and the aches of osteoarthritis.
- Protein: Adequate protein before and after exercise (10-20 grams) may help reduce muscle soreness.
- Well-Rounded, Whole Foods: Eating a balanced diet comprised of whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts, low-fat dairy, and lean meats will do wonders for your overall health. Filling up on whole foods rather than processed junk will enable your body to perform to the best of its abilities.