Understanding how to treat your body is crucial to your next workout. Here are a few rules that my 23 years of doing this has taught me.
1. There is a difference between pain and sore. Pain would be sharp or stabbing while sore is heavy, burning and tight. Understanding the difference is important.
2. When legs for example are heavy Heat is your best friend in the whole world. When you work out a few thing happen to muscle. The first is the body begins to build up higher levels of Lactic Acid. This is a waist product of calorie being burned. As the levels rise within you the Acid is expelled in your breath. When the levels rise faster than you breathe then the muscle begins to drown in the Acid. The longer this process lasts during a workout the sorer you will become. Applying heat after will elongate the muscle and allow the Acid to release.
3. During the times where “Pain” is involved Ice becomes a necessity. Ice constricts bloods and stops the absorption of nutrients that cause pain. Ice should be applied in 20 min increments every 90 mins.
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