Chatting with many of you this week I’ve discovered a recurring theme – Fatigue & Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). There are soooo many articles on the causes and recovery of fatigue & DOMS that I thought it best to just give you the basics, then you can read on until your heart’s content if you’re interested. Here are just a couple you might like to check out… http://www.tabatatimes.com/overtraining-syndrome-and-cns-fatigue/2/
In simple terms, your body is responding to your training, nutrition and other lifestyle factors (e.g. sleep & stress) and is telling you to stop and take notice! As our body utilises periods of rest and recovery to restore and build up stronger, it’s pretty important to listen.
I always recommend a rest day prior to your biggest event/training day each week (walking for enjoyment & light yoga for mobility is still ok), and to allow your body time to restore (48 – 72 hours – or more if you’re still sore/fatigued) between heavy resistance and/or high intensity sessions. As discussed in the rest vs recovery article, active recovery is a great option to keep moving while allowing your body to restore. http://whole9life.com/2012/05/rest-vs-recovery/
In addition to the prescribed rest & recovery, you might like to try one/all of the 6 suggested ways to help alleviate DOMS. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/6-ways-to-dominate-doms.html
Let us know what works for you…