10 Minute Method To Relieve Muscle Soreness
Going for an early morning run is quite possibly my favorite thing to do…the run in general isn’t what I enjoy; it’s how I feel for this rest of the day that makes running the morning great.
First of all, running (or cardio in general) first thing in the morning, before you have eaten your first meal, has been proven extremely beneficial for fat loss. What happens is that after sleeping for roughly 6-8 hours, your body has not consumed anything during that time, so your body is running solely on stored energy aka fat. When you get up and exercise immediately without inputting additional calories, you’re forcing your body to continue to use that stored energy to perform the movements required for the exercise, as well as, normal physiological activities (breathing, thinking, heart rate, etc.) which are generally energy demanding.
But now that you’ve done your run (shoot for at least a 1 mile run, since that equates to roughly 100 calories burned) you now need to begin the recovery process since running is quite destructive to your muscles and joints; the best technique that I use every time is: Cold-Water Immersion. Immersing yourself in a matrix such as water is great since water has such a high thermal conductivity therefore it acts as a sink for all the heat that is stored within your muscles. The reason you want your muscles to cool down is because currently they are in a state of inflammation, a sort of self destructive mode, and you want to stop that as soon as you can, very similar to pouring cold water over freshly steamed vegetables to prevent any further cooking.
Simply sitting in a cold water bath (65-70oF) for roughly 10 minutes, will help with the recovery process and the feeling of relaxation that you’ll have after you get out, will last for the rest of the day.