Like all good things, your workout too can come with its very own hangover; overdo it on the track or at the gym and you might wake up to some very sore and aching muscles the next morning.
Do you wear sore muscles as a badge of honor, or does it put a spanner in your plans for the day ahead? Whatever your relationship with pain, the post workout hangover, or DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) as it is medically termed, is a reality you may need to work your way through – no matter how fit or active you may be.
Understanding A Workout Hangover
Muscle soreness is a sign that your muscles are indeed getting stronger despite the fact that it is a very inconvenient feeling to undergo.
DOMS occurs when the body repairs the microscopic tears caused in the muscle during the course of the workout- usually a result of increased strain and impact that lies beyond the muscle’s current comfort zone. Your body adapts to help you better prepare for the next time you encounter this new strain and therefore begins repairing the muscle- a process that is accompanied by localized inflammation.
Within 6 to 8 hours of your work out symptoms like reduced muscle strength, reduced range of movement and joint stiffness become evident.
They peak around 24 to 48 hours and usually fade away in 72 hours. This does not mean that all muscle strength is directly proportional to the amount of soreness that one feels. But certain muscles do tend to get sore as they work out and push their limits in the process of building strength.
The stronger the impact on the muscle, the sorer it is bound to get, in particular if this impact is eccentric- that is the muscle tries to resist its own lengthening such as when lowering weights, running downhill or lowering the body into squats or push-up position.
How To Deal With A Workout Hangover
It is natural to want to run away from the pain and soreness that DOMS brings but accepting it in the best interest of your own body. Anti- inflammatory pills and cold water baths may help temporarily to relieve the pain but they do little or no good in the long run.
A better alternative is to hit the track or the gym again to relieve the soreness and pain. Light movement such as cardiovascular exercises on a elliptical machine helps your muscles get back and moving a lot sooner, even if it means you need to find your way through the pain rather than around it. But when it comes to long term strategies that lend lasting results for your body, light exercise comes right on top.
The Final Words
Tweaking your pre and post workout eating habits will definitely compliment your efforts to relieve pain. Eating a snack/ meal abundant in proteins and carbohydrates soon after a workout helps accelerate the muscle repair process, alleviating symptoms such as soreness and pain- partially if not altogether.
When it comes to picking the right recumbent exercise bicycle for you, there are several things you should consider. There is no such thing as the best recumbent bike, keep that in mind.
There is a lot of variation among recumbent, so you should take everything into consideration when deciding which recumbent you are going to buy. The size, shape, road surface, and riders abilities are among several things that need to be taken into account.
There are two general types of bikes in this category: Short Wheelbase versus Long Wheelbase. They have more reactive steering and are typically lighter.
This steering is most likely going to be a bit harder to get accustomed to, but in the end many people end up preferring it. The seating position on a Short wheelbase is higher up, making this kind of bike more difficult for a rider with shorter legs to reach their legs to the ground.
This makes it easier for those with shorter legs to reach the ground, because the rider is seated lower and closer to the ground. Long wheelbase bikes also tend to feel smoother on bumpy roads. Because the steering is not as responsive, it may be a bit easier to learn to ride when just starting out.
Although, because all of the weight is placed on the back wheels, Long Wheelbase bikes tend to be more likely to skid out when turning sharp corners.
Just like with upright bikes, some of the recumbent exercise bikes are made with more attention placed on comfort and others are made with more attention placed on performance. This really is a personal preference. If you place a lot of importance on riding fast and can ride in areas that are not filled with traffic, you may want to go for a lowracer.
If you want to go fast but will be riding in a more urban environment, a highracer may be the right style for you due to it’s greater visibility. Highracers are also more efficient at going up hills. Lowracers and highracers are very aerodynamic and were designed with speed in mind.
In general the more reclined the bike’s seat, the more aerodynamic (faster) it will be. Bikes with seats that are more reclined are also more difficult to learn how to ride. If balance is an issue, a recumbent trike may be the right pick for you. The tadpole style, which has two wheels in the front, tend to be better at turning. The delta style trikes tend to be more stable at fast speeds. Overall, recumbent trikes are slower than recumbent bikes.
When your feet are placed in front of your torso, rather than right below, you are in a more aerodynamic position. The higher the crankset is, relative to the seat height, the more aerodynamic you are positioned. The tradeoff is that when the bike’s crankset is higher, it makes it more difficult when starting, stopping, and balancing. Recumbents with lower cranksets, relative to the seat height, are a compromise between a traditional upright bike and a recumbent with a very high crankset.
Like everything else, seats come in a wide variation as well. Some seats can be reclined and even fully removed from the bike.
A seat that can be unattached from the bike is helpful when attaching the bike to the outside of your car. By removing the seat you can save on gas mileage, and keep it clean from bugs and debris that may be caught on it when driving. Longer rides are generally more comfortable when the seat is reclined, because there is less pressure being placed on your bottom.
When buying a recumbent, you need to decide between Over Seat Steering or Under Seat Steering. Over Seat Steering is easier when walking with your bike. It also is easier to attach a handlebar-mounted back view reflector to than Under Chair Steering. A rear view mirror is absolutely needed because it is very difficult, if not impossible, to turn your head to look behind you when riding a recumbent.
Under Seat Steering is very smooth and simpler to ride. It is also easier to get on and off your bike with Under Seat Steering because the handle bar is not in your way.
There is nothing like what is right or wrong in recumbent bike market. Like most of other things, it’s a matter of personal preference. The best way to find out what you like is to try some out! Also, check out the Types page for a breakdown on the variation of different types of recumbent.
I am sure you have noticed by now, you made it here, that kayak fishing as a sport is on the rise. More people jump on board day after day, either for enjoying recreation and the outdoors, or the fight of that next big fish.
Either case, whichever applies to you, kayak fishing is growing at a phenomenal rate. Most are finding their way into kayak fishing because of the economy, these things are cheap. Being able to store one just about anywhere, and the silence out on the water are just a few reasons.
The economy at this point in time is doing nothing but helping kayak fishing out. You can check your classifieds, or online listings and find a cheap kayak, usually one may find the best fishing kayak under 1000 bucks or might go higher if you have enough money to spend on. However, for a newbie I would consider going with cheap kayaks.
Add in another $100 for paddle, vest, and safety gear, and you are ready to go. You can even go to the bigger outlets and get a new sit in kayak for $200 plus tax. You don't have the finance companies opening your wallet every month like you do with bigger boats. The expensive gas bills, $300 per day isn't uncommon.
If you still have that big boat sitting in the garage not getting used, do me a favor. Sell it, take the payment money from the first month to buy a decent kayak. The second month, take some to rig it, maybe buy yourself a new rod.
After that, go fishing as often as you like, and enjoy the $750 or so you are saving every month from not having that thing looking pretty in your garage! When you are done fishing, put all of your gear into the boat, and hoist it up to the ceiling. In your garage, or even in the hallway in an apartment.
Being stealthy on the water is another big plus, and one of the reasons that I enjoy kayak fishing. Bass guys in particular have been targeting the largest sunfish species for almost 60 years, at least when the first plastics came around. These fish, from one spawning to the next, develop their brains to not do what hurts them. It passes on through the generations, and they are becoming more intelligent.
Other saltwater species just require absolute silence and stalking to find them. All of these fish are very adept at detecting noise transmitted through the hull of your big boat. Foot steps, talking, closing lockers, etc, all create vibrations underwater. The fish detect it, and it turns them off.
In a big rig boat, full of lockers, people are generally talking, dropping things, walking around on the deck, or making vibrations one way or another. What they don't seem to understand is that these vibrations do travel through the water. The fish cant necessarily hear it, but they can feel the vibration. They feel everything that is going on, and it will kill their mood. Think of the last time you are anxious, because you don't know where something big enough to harm you is coming from.
I bet you don't eat right then, not until you figure it out, or it moves on. When kayak fishing, as long as you aren't banging stuff on the boat, you can paddle right over fish. I have had striped bass roll right next to my boat, close enough to grab them with my hands.