With the start of each year, it’s common to plan on “getting back into shape.” Can’t tell you how many times we’ve said those words ourselves over the years. You are not alone.
But how many times have you returned from a gym layoff rearing to go only to experience the excruciating pain of the Second Day Blues?
You know what we’re talking about. Where you can’t lift your arms over your head, and you have to straight-leg the stairs at work, which by the way, take about three times as long to ascend than they did before you decided that “getting back into shape” was a swell idea?
Swell Idea. More Like Swollen.
The problem with plans to increase your workout routine, especially from a sedentary state, is that your muscles must adapt. This adaptive process is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), and the second day is usually the toughest, though it may happen as early as the day after your first return to the gym.
It’s easy to give up at this point, and since you’re out of practice with workout routines anyway, it’s doubly difficult. But it isn’t impossible, and with advancements in modern science, there are even products on the market that can help speed up this process.
A Page from Pro Athletes and Bodybuilders
You don’t have to be a professional athlete or bodybuilder to learn from them.
Every year the vast majority of football players, basketball players – you name it – are forced to compete with other professionals who perform at a very high level.
Most do so without ever failing a drug test, and that’s because they are aware of some of the healthy alternatives to illegal substances that are out there. Perhaps their most preferred are GABA supplements.
What’s So Special about GABA Supplements?
GABA is a naturally occurring chemical in your brain that helps to enable mental and physical relaxation, increasing alpha brain waves – the good – and reining in beta brain waves – the bad.
Now there are many benefits to GABA, but for the purpose of getting past that tough workout and on with the rest of your fitness goals for 2013, we’ll focus on one. Sleep.
When coupled with melatonin, GABA aids you in a fitful night’s rest. And any bodybuilder will tell you that it’s not the workout that builds your muscles but good old-fashioned shut-eye.
As your body enters its deepest relaxation point – REM sleep – it grows and recovers and rejuvenates itself so that you are more equipped to tackle your day and, more importantly, that next tough workout.
Are You Getting Enough Quality Rest?
So what about you? How many times have you stopped a workout routine before it began because of intense soreness? Have you taken GABA Supplements to help with the issue? Share your workout experiences in the comments.