Any type of workout has no worth at all if it’s not done on a consistent basis. Whether the reason is to burn fats or improve physical output. You may be very enthusiastic in the first few sessions, but the excitement can drastically change with the onset of muscle pains.
Unfortunately muscle soreness, aside from literally being quite debilitating. It often becomes an excuse to not do the scheduled routine.
But what is the easiest and quickest way to address the muscle pains that follow? Of course, as you may have already guessed, I would recommend drinking the right type of juice.
Juice is easily absorbed by the body and so the effects are almost immediate as well. Drinking water is still essential to rehydrate but it’s not enough to reduce soreness. Also if given the choice between drinking Gatorade for recharging your electrolytes or a natural juice, the latter will give you the most benefits.
What Your Body Goes Through After Workout
During exercise, your body requires more oxygen than usual. As a result, more blood is pumped into your muscles. The more intense the routine, the more oxygen is needed. If the muscles are not supplied with enough oxygen, lactic acid starts to form instead.
Lactic acid was believed to be the source of sore muscles. Recent studies show, as shared from this post by Scientific American, that this is not true. As a matter of fact, lactic acid does not directly correlate with DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness. It has long been flushed out by our body even before the delayed muscle pains start to occur the day after.
Even if experts and scientists have not clearly determined yet which particular body chemicals are responsible for DOMS, the effects of a strenuous workout remain the same. Muscle pains, dehydration, hunger and low energy are the most obvious and common.
If these effects are left unchecked, it may totally sabotage your routine. This is especially devastating if you’re just starting out. You’ll eventually end up finding a valid excuse to skip your training sessions which may lead to forfeiting your routine altogether.
The good thing with countering these effects is that they’re both easy and enjoyable. Drinking water is refreshing. A hot shower is relaxing. Even using a foam roller is so soothing. Drinking a juice specifically designed to target these effects, though, that’s very heavenly.
Spinach Apple Juice
It’s best to have this juice freshly-made, but it’s not really that practical to bring your juicer with you to your gym (a gym with juicers you can use would be quite awesome). You can make the juice right before you leave your place. You can then drink it after your workout session.
The ingredients for this after-workout juice recipe are so easy to obtain and are inexpensive as well. Not all types of juicers can effectively extract juices from green leafy veggies, though. Breville centrifugal juicers are highly recommended if you want to create your juices fast. If you’re more concerned about the juice yield, then you should go for slow juicers.
Why Add This Juice To Your Routine?
Regularly drinking this Spinach Apple Juice after your workout is not only refreshing but is loaded with lots of benefits. These benefits are both immediate and their effects can be felt even up to the next day when you’re going to start exercising again.
The juice is will rehydrate you and balance your electrolytes. It will help repair your muscles and will give you the needed boost of energy. It will also help curb your food cravings.
There is some grain of truth with Popeye the Sailor Man and his can of spinach. Spinach really helps to build muscles. Fortunately, you will not be developing the same bulging forearms and biceps as Popeye’s.
Spinach is rich in nutrients including calcium and iron. They may not be a good source of protein, but even if your body is taking in a good amount of protein, it is still necessary to convert it into muscle mass. This is where the nutrients from spinach shine.
The protein conversion allows the muscles to recover quickly which helps counter the delayed muscle pains. Additionally, this iron-rich vegetable is highly recommended for female athletes who mostly suffer from iron deficiency.
Apple is your natural source of hydration and electrolytes. It is nature’s original Gatorade. The nutrients in apple help to restore your body fluids and electrolytes, which you naturally lose when you perspire during intense workouts.
Apples are also great in curbing your sudden spike in appetite. This is your body’s natural reaction hours after a workout. Your body needs energy and so it sends signals to replenish it by eating. You end up hungrier than usual.
The sugar in apples gives you the much-needed energy boost, which solves the part where your body craves more energy source through eating. Additionally, the nutrients found in apple skins can help you feel full.
Lemon is for increasing your metabolism. Even when you’re already done with our exercise routine, your body will continue to burn down fats with increased metabolism. Increased metabolism also translates to increased energy.
As you have already read earlier in this article, the body naturally flushes out excess lactic acid. A lemon can surely help with this because it alkalizes your body. Although no direct relationship is found between lactic acid and delayed muscle soreness, lactic acid is still responsible for muscle inflammation.
Increased muscle inflammation can lead to injury. The vitamin C and antioxidants in lemon are proven to reduce the risk of injury by 25%.
Wrapping It Up
There are many different ways to increase your muscle mass, burn unwanted body fats or improve your athletic performance. What I really like about this juice is that it works well with any types of workout or training. You will definitely love how it helps to indirectly keep you motivated in following through with your routine regularly. Happy Juicing!