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I’ve never known an active person who doesn’t periodically have a minor muscle strain or ligament strain. Its just part of the job description. And, if there’s never a small tweak here and there then the effort put forth to achieve top performance fitness is probably not happening.
You know what these minor tweaks are like.
It’s that little twinge of pain that’s not enough to make you not train. But, enough to make you wonder if should.
You get up in the morning and the muscle is a little tight and sore, but after a few minutes of movement it disappears. And, often, certain movements create the pain.
The usual fix with such minor ailments is to, first, do nothing until it gets progressively worse. Then, some form of self-care, such as OTC anti-inflammatories, is tried that usually isn’t affective. Next, as a last resort, professional care is sought. And, the care most often hoped for is to continue to train at the normal level and the pain and stiffness goes away on its own or with the help of medicine or therapy.
So, here are some simple things to do at home first to help resolve the condition the first time. And, if they don’t work than a professional consultation should be sought:
If after two weeks there’s no noticeable improvement then seek professional care.
Whether you do self-care or under professional direction a key component to recover from these persistent, low-grade conditions is make sure that once the tissue has healed that ideal movement mechanics are restored, otherwise, the problem will return.
The key with small conditions is to deal with them correctly the first time as aggressively as possible so they don’t become habitual.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.
What if achieving your next level of high performance didn’t have anything to do with building more muscle?
According to research, your highest level of optimal health and athletic performance may be more about using the resources you already have to their highest capacity…
And it all comes down to a new way of managing your hydration.
But... Can hydration be the key..?