Weight lifters, runners and cross-fitters rejoice: there is a food that can help reduce the symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
We all know that over-the-counter painkillers do little, if anything, to reduce that familiar, “I can hardly move my legs,” post-workout sensation. If you’ve ever had to walk up a few flights of stairs the day after a 5k or a serious squat session, this is for you.
Watermelon, our favorite summer time fruit, may indeed be an excellent alleviator. Eating some watermelon or making a shake with watermelon pre-workout was proven to help reduce next-day pain in a recent study done in Spain.
The combination of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals (and probably getting some extra water) significantly helped recovery after training versus the group that received just plain water. If you can blend up two cups of fruit, especially watermelon, before your next workout – you might feel a lot better the next day. Why buy expensive and non-nutritional sports drinks when all you need is right in the produce aisle?