Whether you’re an elite athlete, an amateur, or just want to get your body moving, we can all use a bit of relief. Here, we’ll cover the in’s and out’s of both pre-and post-exercise, and tools to help your body recover and receive the most benefit.
Why am I sore after a workout?
Strenuous exercise causes damage to the muscle fibers in the body, which sparks inflammation in those that have been worked (sounds scary, but it's a good thing). The body’s natural response is to try and repair the damage by putting the body into a recovery phase, thus causes Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) usually 24-78 hours post-exercise.
This cycle of muscle damage and repair is critical for health and longevity. Not only does the repairing phase help build new muscle, but consistent working of the muscles helps to prevent future ailments (such as Muscular Dystrophy, a group of diseases that cause muscle weakening and deterioration of muscle mass).
Keep in mind, however, that while the body can miraculously recover on its own, there are steps to take to aid in this step and ensure it is done correctly.
According to Fobes, “sleep is the most potent recovery tool known to science.” Sleep helps the body recover from the stress it experiences during the day, such as exercise, mental stress, physical stress, and general energy expenditure.
One study  demonstrated that the body’s levels of testosterone can drop between 10-15% from only receiving 5 hours of sleep (each night) over a week-long period. This is an incredibly important finding, seeing as testosterone is vital for both men and women’s ability to properly recover. Of course, individual sleep needs vary from person to person and researchers suggest that aiming for 7-8 hours of sleep per night is a good baseline for optimal performance.
You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat”, and this couldn’t be any more true today. It’s important to focus on getting proper nutrition to help the body function properly and efficiently.
Make sure to consume adequate amounts of protein, as this macronutrient has the ability to positively impact muscle protein synthesis  and can help to prevent injury and soreness. Additionally, many plant-derived ingredients are vital for optimal recovery and addressing other issues such as pain reduction, inflammation and sleep.
It’s best to limit the amount of processed foods and try to eat an adequate amount of whole, natural foods. Some great options are lean meats, a variety of fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, etc. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration!
Men’s Health  suggests that CBD may help you recover faster from workouts thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, recent publicity and clinical research surrounding Curcumin has highlighted its influence on muscle replenishment , indicating that supplementation may aid in even greater health benefits.
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 Leproult, Rachel. “Effect of 1 Week of Sleep Restriction on Testosterone Levels in Young Healthy Men.” JAMA, vol. 305, no. 21, 2011, p. 2173., https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2011.710.
 Meppem, Eric. “Curcumin, Testosterone Boosters May Aid Sports Endeavors.” Natural Products INSIDER, 23 Aug. 2021, https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/sports-nutrition/curcumin-testosterone-boosters-may-aid-sports-endeavors
 Leasca, Stacey. “Considering CBD for Muscle Recovery? Here's What You Need to Know.” Men's Health, Men's Health, 2 Nov. 2021, https://www.menshealth.com/health/a26467604/cbd-for-inflammation-muscle-recovery/.
Promoted products may help reduce temporary inflammation associated with physical overexertion or other lifestyle choices. This product is not intended to treat, prevent or cure inflammation associated with any disease.