Nobody likes to be sore after a workout and even less on the next day when you are planning to workout again.
Although soreness cannot be completely eliminated, there are a couple of things you can do immediately after you exercise that will diminish your muscles soreness and will also allow your body to recover more quickly and respond better to your workouts.
1. Try a warm Epsom salt bath
Epsom salts are high in magnesium which help relax skeletal muscles by flushing lactic acid buildup in the muscles when we exercise. Magnesium also plays an important role in the absorption of vitamins in the body. It also helps regulate muscle and nerve function. All of these effects significantly influence muscle soreness, which also affects muscle stiffness.
2. Take a hot cold shower
Contrast showers can help to increase blood flow and aid in getting nutrients in your bloodstream out to your muscles. Alternate showering with warm water and cold water for 20-30 second intervals.
3. Foam Rolling
Foam rolling will help increase blood flood to the area, resulting in quicker healing.
4. Sip on a drink packed with protein and carbohydrates
Something like non fat Greek yogurt blended with fruit juice is a great idea. Another good option would be blending some fruit with nuts and vegan protein. My favorite brand is Sunwarrior but any other vegan protein would work just fine.
5. Get at least 8 hours of sleep
I have talked about sleep in other posts and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting a good night sleep. While we sleep, our muscles remain relaxed . This allows us to restore and repair tissue, essential to perform our daily activities and/ or keep in shape.