I think "oldschool" nailed this one:
Originally Posted by oldschool58
it's an indicator or measure of work + nutrition + rest + hydration
The only thing I'd alter:
It's a measure of hydration + work + hydration + nutrition + hydration + rest + hydration.
All the hydration because most of us don't drink enough water...
Stretching is, of course, a must!
- Drink water BOTH before AND after your workout. (I do as little as possible durring...)
- Workout regularly so your muscles get used to being worked.
- Eat and drink well -- could even try to decrease intake of inflammatory foods but I'm not sure that matters.
- Rest as hard as you workout.
- And keep drinking!
It will go the distance in preventing injury but, as a way to "decrease" soreness I'm not sure I buy it. Stretching, icing, salt baths, popping ibuprofen, and the rest might all be great things but, they only mitigate the soreness after you have it...
Eat this today! (If you don't like that one, come back and click again...)
My Calorie Intake Goal:
Keep the tank full and feel good!
Next physical challenge:
Ride my bicycle from Seattle to SanFran!
Stand at the high point
of every State in the US -- one down (#4 on the list), 49 to go!