Whether you’re getting back on the horse… or hopping in the saddle for the first time… staying active is always a good idea.
But if you’re a little on the older side, the next day you may feel like you were run over by that horse.
But a new study finds a natural way to avoid that soreness and still get the exercise you need.
There’s just one catch: You need to start doing it before your workout.
And not just for a few minutes… and maybe not even a few days… because the women in the study started doing it every day for A WEEK before exercising.
But it won’t take a lot of time or money or even any kind of preparation. All you have to do is take fish oil!
In the study, taking 6 grams of fish oils (3000 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA) a day for a week before a single workout session cut their soreness in the upper and lower body by as much as 42 per cent.
Sure, that still leaves a little more than half the pain behind, but that should be enough to make it bearable.
Now, that dosage is a little higher than what I’ve recommended in the past (1 to 3 grams), but it’s still perfectly safe. And at those high levels, the omega-3s reduced muscle soreness comparably to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – without the side effects and other dangers.
Those omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help fight off the debilitating pain of an rheumatoid arthritis flare-up before it starts.
If you’re still having muscle cramps after a little physical activity – or even without exerting yourself at all – you may need something other than fish oil to get rid of them. For example, cramping and twitching especially in the legs is usually a dead giveaway for a magnesium deficiency.
Shortages of potassium and calcium can also trigger muscle issues as well.
Finally, make sure your fitness routine isn’t knocking you down for the count. Exercising like a maniac can be bad for your heart; and moderate exercise is enough to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, shrink tumours and slow cancer progression, and keep your blood sugar under control .
And even just a little activity goes a long way to help you live longer.
When you’re done, reward yourself with a nice, hot bath. You’ll burn even more calories by sitting there in the tub, and you’ll help control your blood sugar while you’re at it.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Fish oil may reduce muscle soreness after exercising: Study, nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Fish-oil-may-reduce-muscle-soreness-after-exercising-Study