9 Odd Things that Really HURT Your Workout Results

 

9 Odd Things that Really HURT Your Workout Results - In order to speed up your workout recovery, you should avoid these 9 odd things that really hurt your workout results.
How to Promote Muscle Repair, Replenish Lost Nutrients and Energy After Workouts

 

Everyone has “on” days and “off” days, but if you’re “off” at the gym you’ll likely be wasting both your time and energy.

 

Finding the time to work out is one of the biggest hurdles people face in fitting in exercise, after all, so when you make the time to do it, you want to be sure you’re maximizing your efforts.

 

Obviously, in order to be at your best, you’ll need a good night’s sleep and proper nutrition to fuel your body.

 

Far less obvious are the following 9 odds things that really hurt your workout results in very unexpected ways.

 

Don’t Let These 9 Odd Things that REALLY Hurt Your Workout Results

 

  1. Exercising Indoors, Especially In These Situations…

 

A dimly lit, crowded or smelly gym will zap your motivation, and if you don’t like where you’re working out you’ll be far less likely to do it. On the other hand, exercising outdoors offers numerous benefits (above and beyond the exercise itself), like decreased tension, anger and depression, and a greater likelihood of continued exercise.

 

According to research:

 

“Compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy … Participants reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and declared a greater intent to repeat the activity at a later date.”

 

  1. Exercising Outdoors During Rush Hour …

 

Outdoor exercise is great … but don’t do it near heavy traffic when air pollution is likely to be at its peak. There are many reasons to avoid exposure to air pollution, but from a fitness standpoint, high levels of smog have been found to slow performance times in women athletes.

 

  1. Exercising Alone

 

It’s easier to skip a workout if no one is waiting for you to join them. Plus, research shows that working out in groups may lead to a greater endorphin release and higher pain tolerance compared to working out alone.

 

  1. Hormone Fluctuations in Women

 

During ovulation, higher estrogen levels may make your muscles more lax and prone to injury. It may make sense for women to consider gentler forms of exercise during ovulation for this reason, especially if you’ve been injured previously.

 

  1. Low Iron Levels

 

If you have low iron levels, you may suffer from fatigue and low endurance (even if you’re not anemic). One study found that blood lactate levels, which are used as an indicator of muscle fatigue, are also about 10 percent lower in women taking a daily iron supplement compared to those taking a placebo.

 

Correcting low iron levels lead to improved energetic efficiency in the female athletes. It’s estimated that about 30 percent of physically active women may be low in iron.

 

  1. Over the Counter Medications

 

Common medications can impact your workout in a variety of ways. Many increase drowsiness, for instance, while others may make you feel jittery. Ibuprofen and decongestants may increase your blood pressure, which could be dangerous during an intense workout.

 

  1. Not Taking Time for Recovery

 

Exercise is a form of stress and your body needs time to recover properly afterward. You generally need about 48 hours of recovery following high-intensity exercise, 48-72 hours after strength training and 24-36 hours after yoga. In addition to rest time, you also need to fuel your body properly after a workout in order to replenish lost nutrients and energy stores.

 

In particular, your body will typically use up the glycogen stores in your muscles for energy during exercise. Most experts recommend eating a healthful snack that contains both protein and carbohydrates within 30 minutes of your workout.

 

  1. You’re Too Used to Your Routine

 

Doing the same fitness routine day-in and day-out is not only boring but your muscles will quickly adapt to the movements. This means you’ll stop seeing additional results, unless you push yourself past this workout “plateau.”

 

Strive to include a wide variety of activities in your workouts to challenge your muscles in different ways, and use interval training to keep the intensity up.

 

  1. Soreness From a Previous Workout

 

When you work your muscles, it can cause tiny injuries or ‘microdamage” to your muscle fibers and connective tissues. This can lead to delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which typically occurs 12 to 24 hours after a workout.

 

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, DOMS is a side effect of the repair process that develops in response to microscopic muscle damage.

 

It can cause not only muscle soreness but also swelling, stiffness, tenderness to the touch and temporary reduction in strength to the affected muscles.

 

So, you should be sure to give your muscles time for recovery before pushing them to their limits again. AND, you should keep a ready supply of Heal-n-Soothe, which is an all-natural inflammation fighter that promotes healthy muscle repair to minimize post-workout pain.

 

Heal-n-Soothe’s secret weapon for your recovery is its concentrated dose of proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes eat excess fibrin and scar tissue for lunch, helping every microscopic muscle tear to heal properly to deliver a full range of motion while reducing inflammation, tightness and pain.

 

These enzymes work at a cellular level, ensuring your workout recovery starts from the inside out (plus, it also contains 12 of nature’s best anti-inflammatory compounds), so you don’t have to worry about missing a workout due to pain.

 

Watch this Video HERE on how to stop delayed-onset muscle soreness from your training and workouts

 

The Secret Weapon for Healthy Muscle Repair to Minimize Your Post Workout Pain

 

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more

What Causes Neck Pain and How to Treat It

 

What Causes Neck Pain and How to Treat It? Ever wonder what causes neck pain? It’s time to take steps to heal your neck pain so you can stop suffering and start enjoying life again. To find out, how can you stop your neck pain, read on!
Click HERE To Find Out How You Can Get Rid of Back Pain and Neck Pain In Less Than 30 Days

 

Ever wonder what causes neck pain?

 

Try to recall what we usually do on a daily basis.

 

We wake up, sit down, have a cup of coffee and read the newspaper. We sit in our car and drive to work. We arrive at work and sit down to work.

 

For the next several hours we place and answer phone calls, enter data, research information and communicate with the computer. After the long day, we get back in our car and drive home.

 

We get home, sit down and have dinner, watch the television, and go to bed. Eight hours later, press repeat. The vicious cycle begins again! Fast forward ten years later; you start to have some of the following symptoms:

 

  • shoulder pain,
  • neck pain,
  • headaches,
  • numbness & tingling in the hands,
  • weakness in the arms & hands,
  • slumped posture,
  • rounded shoulders,
  • forward head

 

How we look today is the result of years of our daily routines. Are these signs and symptoms that you are experiencing? But why does this occur? How did this happen to me? How can I fix the problem? The basic premise here is that we become accustomed to our environment. Not to mention gravity is working against us.

 

Our body as a whole will adapt to the positions we place them in on a daily basis. The muscles in the front of our body become tight and the muscles of our upper back (around our shoulder blades) become stretched out and weak. This in turn weakens our neck muscles, and our head now drops forward.

The front neck muscles become weak and stretched out, and the back neck muscles become very tight. Remember our head attaches to our neck, and our neck attaches to our upper back and shoulders. There is constant communication among all of the parts and each part relies on the neighbor above and below it.

 

What causes neck pain?

Muscles function properly when they are in an optimal position. Meaning muscles do not work well when they are either stretched out or very tight. When this occurs, the muscles will pull on the bones abnormally and place added stress on the discs and joints in our neck, back, and shoulders. If this occurs for a long period of time, our joints become inflamed and the discs may bulge.

When the discs bulge in our spine, they now have tendency to irritate the nerves. The nerves that supply our shoulders, arms and hands come from our neck. So, when we experience pain and discomfort in the shoulders, arms and/or hands, the problem may be in our neck or upper back area.

 

The great news here is that simple changes to your daily routine will dramatically influence the aforementioned issues and hopefully prevent them from occurring in the first place!

 

The Upper back, Neck and Shoulders

 

The upper back, neck and shoulders as a whole is a very complex group of joint muscle and the motions that those joints go through are even more complex. Here is what people do not understand about way the neck and shoulders work and how to get relief from any ache or pain.

The curvature of the lower spine plays a vital role in the position and function of the upper spine, so in order to get the upper back neck and shoulder to feel right and function properly you will need to address the entire spine top to bottom.

I know that sounds like a lot of work but knowing what is wrong and how to address the problem correctly is more than half the battle.

 

After knowing what causes neck pain, what to do about it?

 

X-rays and MRIs can tell you what condition you have, but not why you have the condition. They cannot they tell you the strength or the flexibility of a muscle. They cannot tell you why your pelvis, spine neck and shoulders are the way they are, and they certainly cannot tell you how your muscles are out of balance.

The only way to identify your imbalances is to go through a physical assessment designed to look specifically for muscle imbalances and associated postural dysfunctions.

 

Once you know your postural dysfunctions, it is very easy to work backwards, because each dysfunction has a certain set of imbalances – almost like a syndrome. That is, it repeats itself consistently and predictably at any age, regardless of gender and regardless of activity level.

The only way to correct your imbalances is to do some very targeted corrective stretches and exercises tailored to you and your condition. The good news is that even in the worst cases; our bodies are never that far out of alignment. But if you are in pain, those imbalances need to be addressed.

 

What not to do about neck pain

 

I advise everyone not to start any exercise program without first knowing your imbalances. Here’s why: If you start exercising the wrong muscles, you could strengthen a muscle group that is already too strong and worsen the imbalance. You could even stretch a muscle that does not need to be stretched and make your condition worse.

You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by going to the gym and doing yoga or Pilates. You may also think that doing a balanced workout is going to keep you healthy. But that is not the case when your muscles are already out of balance.

Let’s not forget about non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Yes, you may need something to ease the pain but remember that drugs do nothing to help you treat the root cause of your condition not to mention they do nothing to help your body heal its self.

 

Immediate steps you need to take after identifying what causes neck pain.

 

Stop working out until you know where your imbalances are. Doing a balanced workout is going to prolong your recovery and keep you in pain.

Stop doing the sport or any physical activity that you enjoy doing – running, swimming, golfing, yoga, or Pilates until your know where your imbalances are.

 

Seek professional help from someone who is trained in muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions – and, no, not all health care professionals know about this approach.

 

Address your neck pain from many different perspectives because everyone is different and not all outcomes are going to be the same; look for an approach that addresses your condition from a physical, mental, and nutritional perspective.

 

Look for natural alternatives to your NSAIDs.

 

Keep an open mind about techniques you may not have heard of before, such as Muscle Balancing Therapy™

 

Do your homework. Learn about what works and what does not. When is spinal decompression appropriate for the neck? When will spinal manipulations give you the biggest benefit?

 

Get started to treat neck pain

 

Truth is, your body can perform the grinding work of your job and everyday stress of your life but and you do not have to live and work in constant pain. But you cannot expect to get results if you do not take one, some or all of the corrective steps I have outlined.

If you have neck pain and have been through the ringer, I know what you’re going to say, “I’ve tried everything… But will it work for me? My case is different… I don’t have the time… How can something so simple address such a complex issue?”

It’s simple… restoring balance to your body is a universally excepted principle to achieving optimal health. That is what we teach our clients and that is what we show our clients.

The Muscle Balancing Therapy™ is not a workout that you have to do every day but a process of improving the rest of your life. You don’t need to set time aside to bring your body back to balance but rather using moments in time to make corrections and when you know what to do it is simple and fast.

 

You can also watch a Video Article HERE to understand more about muscle balancing therapy.

 

It is never too late to get help to heal your pains so you can stop suffering and start enjoying your life. You will be a much happier person with so much more freedom since you no longer have any severe pain holding you back.

 

By Dr. Robert V. Duvall (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Jesse Cannone – Creator of the International Best-Selling Back Pain Treatment Program “Lose the Back Pain System” and Best-Selling Book “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”

 

Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click here to learn more