We’ve all been there, whether it’s post demanding day hike or a physical feat that saw you unable to graciously lower your booty to the seat of the loo, grabbing at anything that will enable you to maneuver up and down, well that’s DOMS- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
If this is you or anticipate this will be you with your next big adventure coming up, do I have a treat for you! Read on as I have some red hot tips that will speed up recovery time and avoid the need to install a handrail in your loo.
Drink water- stay hydrated
A pretty clear suggestion (pun intended) here but often it’s the easiest things that we overlook or don’t do that will make all the difference to our recovery. An arduous hike will induce excessive perspiration. You may have been sipping at the Camelbak during your hike but importantly we need to ensure adequate H2O intake is maintained afterward. Water is contained within every cell in our body. It is the fluid in which all processes occur, such as:
· Body temperature regulation
· Maintaining blood volume
· Lubricates and cushions joints, acting as a shock absorber for eyes, organs, and spinal cord & brain
· Active in many chemical reactions throughout our bodies, including energy production and cell renewal
· Solvent for minerals, vitamins amino acids, glucose other molecules for their absorption and use within our bodies.
Drink up to avoid fatigue, dehydration, and post-hike headaches! Add a slice of lemon or lime for extra nutrient boost and flavour.
Often we can experience post-hike blues after an awe-inspiring day(s) on the trail. You’ve been outdoors; the expansiveness, natural beauty, peace, and all those endorphins rushing through your bloodstream making you so alive, full of energy and vigour…. then you stop.
You tell yourself you’re resting and suffer couch lock. You fall into the Netflix zone; the bright flashing lights, sounds, and screens quickly become your landscape once more.
We are hard-wired to nature and suffer when we are disconnected from it. The natural silence and depth of perception acquired in the natural environment are key to a balanced nervous system.
To avoid the post-hike blues, try the following;