The foods you eat around your workouts are just as important as the workout itself. If you are feeling sore after a workout, you are experiencing DOMS which stands for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. When micro-tears occur inside your muscles, an inflammatory response is set off. At this point your body's immune system begins to repair the damage that has been done. Eating a clean, heart healthy diet can aid in muscle recovery. The antioxidant and essential fatty acids found in nutritious foods can reduce inflammation. Be sure to eat protein and fats in your preworkout meal. A great choice would be a large bowl of greens (spinach or kale) topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, quinoa and a bit of grilled chicken.
Written by Amy Wimer, Personal Trainer at Steel Fitness