Have you ever experienced the “jell-o” like feelings in your legs after a long and intense workout? A build up of lactic acid in your body was often the explanation, but we are learning that there may be other causes.
Any time you experience this weak feeling, your body is trying to send you a message. Most of us don’t know what this message means, or how to rectify it.
Here’s the truth behind lactic acid: Its purpose is to give your muscles, energy so you can move, not slow you down!
The purpose of lactic acid is to give you quick energy when you are pushing through the pain of your workout. During those last few minutes, the lactic acid is there to help!
Everyone has lactic acid in their bodies- people who workout every day, and those who have never worked out a day in their life. The more carbohydrates that your body uses during a workout, the more lactate will accumulate in your muscles and blood.
Many runners falsely believe that lactic acid causes post race soreness. However, a new study from Auburn University shows that post race pain is actually the result of damage to muscle or corrective tissue. Lactic acid has been taking the blame all along…
No matter the cause- post run recovery is vital to your health and wellness. Hydrate and nourish yourself with water and healthy meals so that your body is ready to hit the hills again in no time.