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Flex Those Muscles: Work hard, play hard. Then repair.

Many experts believe, including our in-house expert at VitaminMe, that muscle recovery is the single most important part of any strength training, weight training, or exercise program. 

Although exercising, in its many forms, is good for your body, your muscles are really being put to the test during a workout. 

When you exert yourself and put stress on your muscles, it damages the muscle fibres, causing micro-tears. OK, it might sound worse than it is, but a tear is a tear! At the same time, your muscles produce lactic acid, and this builds up. This build-up, along with the damaged fibres, can lead to painful, sore muscles. If you exercise hard, you’re probably familiar with “DOMS” (delayed onset muscle soreness). But the good news is there are ways we can eliminate or reduce this outcome, and it’s called muscle recovery.

Muscle recovery means allowing your body to heal itself, which results in improved performance and lowering the risk of injury. During recovery, micro-tears that have occurred try to heal and muscle fibres rebuild. This, in turn, makes your muscles stronger.

Muscle recovery should be part of every training plan. Even things like diet can impact how your muscles recover. Knowing what to do, and when to do it, can help avoid the injuries that’ll set you back weeks. We have something else up our sleeve which adds huge value and benefits to your repair plan: Muscle Relax + Repair, designed to alleviate muscle fatigue and promote repair. 

So, what’s the crucial key ingredient that allows for this targeted repair and relief? (drum roll) Magnesium Glycinate!

And what does this mighty mineral do for your muscles? Supports muscle relaxation and repair, plus function and also enhances overall nerve function, plus maintains blood pressure 

What else is crucial when it comes to looking after those guns? 

Hydration of course. 

Water is life and you have to give your body sufficient amounts of it, especially pre, during and post workout. Did you know that your muscles are in fact 75% water?

Next up: Diet! 

Protein, carbohydrates and fat all need to work together. 

Nailing nutrition plays a big part in your post-workout strategy, encouraging quicker recovery, reducing stiffness, building muscle and improving immunity.

Here’s some food for thought: exercise triggers the breakdown of muscle protein, which is why it’s beneficial to get an intake of protein after a workout. Protein provides the body with the necessary amino acids needed to repair and rebuild, while also promoting the development of new muscle tissue. 

Carbohydrates replenish glycogen stores and fat should be incorporated with caution. Add good fats to your list, like avocados and nuts.  

All of these factors, combined, make room for your muscles to move, and then heal effectively. Magnesium Glycinate can be seen as the grounding force, or catalyst, for the strength and overall health of your muscles.

Adding Muscle Relax + Repair to your post-workout regimen will be the best decision you make for your aching muscles and their cry for relief.