I hope that everyone’s Tuesday is off to a great start. This morning I woke up wondering if my legs would be sore from my workout yesterday. Although I have been able to stay active since I have been home from the cruise ship, I haven’t done a single workout that only focuses on legs. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the feeling of being completely sore and unable to move the day after (or sometimes the day after after) a workout. Is that just a “me” thing, or does everyone enjoy that feeling?
Well, this morning I am not sore from yesterday, but I will say that I am “aware.” I can feel in my legs that I worked them yesterday, more in specific movements, but I am still able to completely function while walking, sitting, standing, and moving my legs. I guess I will settle for a feeling of “awareness” rather than nothing at all!
Here are some things that I have done in the past to help relieve muscular pain the day after a hard workout:
- Drink plenty of water during and after the workout–this will hopefully allow you to avoid the muscle soreness the day after
- Light exercise such as walking, jogging, and biking will help the muscles repair themselves quicker by increasing the blood flow to the sore and tight muscles.
- Massage–Now, I am completely new to this idea, but while working on the cruise and having the fitness center as part of the spa, I was able to receive massages to aid in my muscles soreness and tightness…and boy did it help! I never realized the importance of massage when it comes to physical fitness. While this won’t immediately relieve the pain, it will aid in the overall healing process of the muscles.
- Stretching and yoga–As important as I know these two activities are, especially for active bodies, I struggle to take as much time as I should to do them, yet whenever I do I feel amazing afterward and am much less sore or “aware” after an intense sweat session.
Now that we have talked about how to avoid some of that pain associated with a new or intense workout, let’s talk about puppies!
Yesterday morning, it was very cold, but as the day went on it got warmer and sunnier, and it was a perfect day to play outside with the pups.
After playing with the dogs, I knew Brian was coming over for a study break and for dinner. It came together quick and simple. I baked up a new to me fish, pollock, and placed it on top of a bed of spinach and veggies dressed with vinegar for a very light and flavorful dinner salad.
When Brian arrived he surprised me!
I love little surprises like that
Now, back to today (this post has been all over the place!).
Another bowl of overnight oats.
Today, I used almond extract instead of vanilla. It gave it a slightly nutty flavor, which I absolutely LOVED! I also added some chopped pear and a little almond butter on the side. DELISH!
Now, I am off to cross some things off of the to-do list before heading out to a very important meeting with my dad today. You will find out what it is about later!
Have an amazing day!