I am in my 12th week of working out with a trainer who is determined to make me stronger, fitter, and faster. But before I reach those endpoints we consistently achieve another endpoint: soreness.
You've probably been there. Crank out 50 squats and it's no problem—until the next day when you get hit with a soreness that reminds you for days that you overdid it. This slow onset of pain after a workout is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). There's much research on how it develops, with the focus on inflammation in the muscles.
But if you want to avoid taking a handful of ibuprofen, there are several natural strategies you can use as an alternative to help prevent or diminish the discomfort. Here are a few of my research-backed favorites: