The One Thing That Helped Me to Recover FAST Post-workout
I started to work out again. After many setbacks from schedule challenges and an influx of projects I totally forgot I committed to, I decided to put my foot down and commence my endless squat and hip thrust routine! This time, I decided to try something different. I decided to stop over planning my workout routines.
It would put so much mental pressure on me that I would become indolent. I released the pressure and take it one day at a time. So, my legs and bum get special treatment a few times a week, my upper body gets the other days with a touch of hatha yoga in between, and my belly dancing on Sundays. The idea is to get some kind of physical activity at least 4 to 5 times a week without a structured commitment.
Of course, after getting my bum out of sloth mode, I was confronted with the inevitable next day sore muscles. The recovery is not something I entirely look forward to especially after hitting the quads and butt heavy. Sitting on the toilet becomes a task all on its own as you try to semi-levitate gently to take a seat without hitting the toilet on impact.
This is another fraction of the reason why I kind of fell off from my fitness high. Sure, you can take a day off but it can get pretty frustrating when you are so psyched to start another routine but you are too sore to even put on a sports bra. I needed to find a recovery method that works fast so I turned to minerals, magnesium to be exact!
What Exactly is Magnesium?
Magnesium is an essential mineral in the body. It is found in all of our tissues, bones, muscles, and brain. It is involved in metabolic processes in the body to restore muscle growth and repair and maintain brain and cardiovascular health. It is an important mineral especially for avid fit enthusiasts and athletes because it provides the body the fuel for energy.
Even with all the credible facts about the mega mineral, it is considered one of the most deficient essential in the human body. Magnesium deficiency affects about 20 percent of the population which is remarkable considering how the mineral is responsible for notable functions within the body. This deficiency is responsible for muscle soreness and cramps symptoms. The best way to combat is to supply the body with magnesium.
From my personal experience, I found that taking a magnesium supplement did help my muscles from getting sore especially after a heavy lifting routine. As an added boost, I would take Epsom salt baths (Magnesium sulfate) to assist in my recovery regimen.
Much like any other supplement, be sure to consult with your physician to ensure the adequate dose for your body. Too much of magnesium has the potential to cause cardiovascular or digestive issues! Ask questions to best decide what will help you to be on your way towards recovery.
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