3 TOP TIPS FOR MUSCLE RECOVERY

wonder womanBoth Body Pump classes with April ROCKED their workouts yesterday – awesome job “Wonder Women”!!  In case your muscles are feeling a bit sore today, here are a few top tips.
First, congratulations on having sore muscles; this is your body changing shape!
Tip #1: Keep moving and try not to sit still for long periods of time. Tiny tears in the muscle fibers cause post-exercise muscle soreness and this soreness usually peaks within 24-72 hours, post exercise. Your body is working to repair those muscle fibers, so you need to keep the blood flowing to those muscles by moving!  Light mobility work such as walking or swimming would all be excellent activities today.
Tip #2: Feed and hydrate your muscles by increasing protein and water intake. Protein helps aid in the repair of muscle fibers. There are many protein options for vegans and non-vegans alike. With muscles being made primarily of water, dehydration can prevent muscles from properly contracting and reducing muscle tone. Increasing water intake will help prevent muscle cramping, improve strength and muscle contractions, and quicken muscle response.
Tip #3: A warm bath and/or a light massage will also help to increase circulation, thus promoting blood flow to the muscles and help to speed recovery.
These are our top 3 tips for today!  Keep up the great work and we will see you in class soon!
Your Balance Team