We’ve all had those workouts where we’re feeling great, crushing PRs left and right, and pushing our bodies to the extreme...and then some.
And though we may have never felt stronger, nothing can prepare us for the extreme soreness and aches that comes a day or two after a record-shattering workout.
Unfortunately, what’s done is done.
Records were broken, gains were made, and now your ass (and every other muscle is your body) is horribly, horrendously sore.
What can you do to deal with this leg-crumbling soreness?
Well, the most obvious thing is to not have overdone it in the first place, but seeing as that isn’t of much immediate help to you, what else can you do to help alleviate muscle soreness?
3 Ways to Deal with Extreme Muscle Soreness
You’re not going to like us for saying this, but part of overcoming soreness is to engage in some light physical activity. Now, nothing too strenuous, but you do need to get up, get moving, and get the blood flowing.
Proper hydration is key to limiting the extent of muscle soreness as some research shows a link between dehydration and increased muscle soreness and DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
If you struggle to get in enough fluids each day, try sipping on a serving of Brute BCAA to increase your water intake. Brute BCAA also contains a number of ingredients, including BCAA, glutamine, and taurine, which help improve hydration and reduce soreness.
Eat Enough Protein
Protein is essential for building new muscle as well as repairing existing muscle tissue that’s damaged during training. Consuming sufficient protein each day provides your body with the building blocks it needs to repair damaged muscle tissue and help combat soreness.
If you’re someone who struggles to consume enough protein each day, having a protein shake a couple times per day can help you reach your daily goals.
- Cleary MA, Sweeney LA, Kendrick ZV, Sitler MR. Dehydration and symptoms of delayed-onset muscle soreness in hyperthermic males. J Athl Train. 2005;40(4):288–297