5 Ways to Prevent Soreness

Now that I'm back to working out 3 times a week, my body is super sore! I'm still running but I've started adding in light weightlifting to keep my arms toned and abs looking their best. But with lifting weights (and I'm talking max 10 pound weights y'all) my arms are sore!! P has seriously been kicking my butt in the gym recently and I love it! But after a good workout, I evidently end up sore the next day. Thankfully there are some simple ways to prevent soreness!

Hydrate

Hydration is your friend when working out and more importantly, post-workout. Your body is going to need that good hydration to keep it going long after your workout is over. Even if I'm drinking water during a workout, I'm still incredibly thirsty afterward! My trick is to keep my S'well bottle on hand at all times so no matter what, I'm drinking water. 

Protein it Up!

As a vegetarian, it's important that I eat plenty of protein with the level of activity that I use. Proteins aren't just found in meat, so don't think you need a steak dinner prior to working out! Protein can be found in nuts, greens, and smoothies. Protein helps your body form those gorgeous, sexy muscles and helps prevent soreness. So drink a smoothie or eat some nuts after a workout and you'll feel better! I like to drink a fresh pressed juice after my runs or workouts to help ease my soreness, and it works! Try one that's packed full of veggies like spinach and kale for optimum protein and fiber. 

Berries All the Way

Dark fruits like cherries and blueberries help reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). DOMS is that feeling where you don't feel sore until the next day or even two days later. Snack on a handful of berries to help prevent this!

Stretch it Out

Never forget to stretch after a workout! Stretching helps prevent injury to your body and helps relax your muscles after a tough workout. Taking care of your body when working out is a top priority! 

Roll

I'm a new fan of foam rollers and it's a miracle worker! Roll your muscles while watching TV or listening to your favorite podcast to sooth your muscles. It's a great way to relax and bring blood flow back into tight areas. 

What are some of your tips for easing your soreness? Let me know in the comments below!

Photography: Mary Beth Thomas
Juice: Kuka Juice