## well-researched nutrition information

I started working out again after a long break, and my muscle fatigue is lasting for days, really destroying my motivation to stick to my schedule. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any legitimate, well-researched nutrition information, supplements, or techniques that I should know of to deal with this? I'm not sure I trust BodyBuilding.com, which advocates use of creatine, Branched Chain Amino Acids, and ice baths.

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 Blog Entries: 3 Are you sure it's not something that you're overlooking? Are you slowly building back up with your exercise/fitness routine, or are you doing too much, too often? How's your diet at the moment? Are you eating a relatively well-balanced diet with adequate nutrition, or do you need to clean up your food intake? Are you getting adequate sleep and rest? Are you stretching regularly and warming up and cooling down properly? I've used creatine in the past (works pretty well, but I didn't use it when starting back up on an exercise routine) - but you'd get better results AFTER you've established a baseline of physical exercise instead of relying upon it from the get-go. Ice baths do work, but I'm not sure I've heard of people using them to reacclimate themselves to an exercise routine. Never tried BCAAs myself, but I've heard positive and negative comments about them.
 I'm starting up slowly, so slowly that I'd rather not say what my exercise regimen is. Honestly, my diet has always been the most neglected aspect of my fitness, but I abhor junk food and I drink soda maybe once in a blue moon. I eat a lot of rice (I'm Chinese, go figure) with veggies and meat, but mostly meat. I was hoping to supplement instead of changing my eating habits, but I'm willing to do so if need be. Everything else is just fine. I'm somewhat skeptical of anything other than vitamin or mineral supplements, due to a certain phobia about tinkering with my biochemistry, so I'm not likely to take creatine or BCAAs. Should I rethink this?

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## well-researched nutrition information

To be honest, that you're complaining of muscle fatigue that lasts for days makes me think that this is a case of overtraining. However, there's also the factor that you are getting back into a fitness routine after a long layoff - you're going to be sore and fatigued, even if you are getting back into it slowly. I don't know what your exercise "mix" is, but if you're not hitting the weights excessively (3 times a week is generally enough) and not overdoing the cardio, it's probably just your body flushing out the crud and getting used to being stressed again on a regular basis.

You may want to look into meal replacement powders, especially after exercise. Just your basic mix of macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Other than that, the biggest issues to keep in mind are adequate warm-up and cool-down before and after exercise, and getting plenty of sleep/rest, which is the oft-underappreciated side of the equation. You need to let your body repair and rebuild itself.
 The "crud" comment makes me think maybe I should drink more water and just keep it up. Thanks for all the help, Mike!
 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor Staff Emeritus A lot of people really do overtrain when they start out, not realizing it's overtraining. For example, how many people think that you might need to start a weight lifting routine with NO weights? If it's been a long time, just a few reps of the bar without any weights could be too much. Same for even just walking for cardio, if you have been very sedentary, just a 5 min walk on a slight incline could really strain muscles that haven't been used for a while. If you haven't seen a physician for a check-up in a while and are starting a new workout routine, it's good to go in for a physical and get an "all-clear" to start your workout program. Make sure this fatigue that's lasting for days isn't due to some underlying problem that you should be aware of. If it's just muscle fatigue, then backing off and more gradually picking up the routine may help.
 Hi, Nutrition Supplements are something we have all heard of over the years but what exactly does the term mean. It is a fact that all the food we eat have nutritional content. Nutrition supplements are simply food in a concentrated form designed to give the benefit of eating a large quantity of food in natural form.
 Admin Blog Entries: 5 Most supplements are a waste of money. Why? Because it's simply cheaper to just eat right. Eat lean meats, quality carbs, some fruit and veggies. Simply as that. Now that said, I do drink a protein shake after each workout because it's easy and has a faster absorption than eating a chicken breast. You should have a rest day between any workout. After all, you build muscle resting, not during workout. What you may be experiencing is DOMS (delayed onset muscle syndrome). I get it all the time due to my soccer sessions always being a few weeks apart. This is simply where you shock the body a bit and as moonbear said maybe go to hard too soon. Don't take creatine, it doesn't make you stronger, just look a bit bigger and there are plenty of side effect stories out there. Again, if you want to spend $50 on a tub of protein powder, great. But you can do just as good if not better with a$2 chicken breast. However I would suggest taking fish oil capsules. It's a natural anti-inflammatory and helps the your joints. Take 3-4g daily. Ice baths do work. I used to do them all the time. Immediately after a hard workout, chug a protein shake. Then turn on the cold water in your tub. Take a bag of ice or a bucket of freezer ice and dump it in the bath. It really sucks and I usually start swearing a storm getting in, but you will get fairly used to it. If you start going numb then you have it a bit cold and you should get out. When you get the temp right, you should be in there for 20min. I usually get my laptop in the bathroom and play a tv show to pass the time. The next day I am still sore, but much much better than if I had not. Pro athletes do this after most games. It works.
 Hi there, It took me many years to find out a "miracle" solution against muscle sorreness. For years I was doing alot of sports, like training, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and sometimes all in one day. I could suffer for a few days of over working my body. One day, my wife saw me in one of these state, and told about a revolutionary method against muscle pain. OK it is not so revolutionary, but it works: MAGNESIUM. Magnesium is the essence of muscle contraction. It will not help you grow, it will not make you slim. It will only make you last longer and recuperate faster. Give fuel to your muscles and you can keep on going. And I am not talking about the super heavy-duty stuff you buy in a fancy store, just buy some dissolving tabs of magnesium at your local grocery store or pharmacy. Get the cheapest one possible (there anyway more or less the same) and take one or two tabs a day. You might see some very good results, anyways worked for me. Cheers

 Quote by Greg Bernhardt What you may be experiencing is DOMS (delayed onset muscle syndrome).
It's Delayed Onset Muscles Soreness.

 Quote by faitswulff I started working out again after a long break, and my muscle fatigue is lasting for days, really destroying my motivation to stick to my schedule. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any legitimate, well-researched nutrition information, supplements, or techniques that I should know of to deal with this? I'm not sure I trust BodyBuilding.com, which advocates use of creatine, Branched Chain Amino Acids, and ice baths. Thanks ahead of time!
I advise against taking information from internet sources regarding training. Most of what is out there is pure ****.

I dont know details about your training program, but for anyone (regular ppl, I dont talk about athletes) who gets back in training after a very long period or is training for the first time, I recommend to begin with a simple general conditioning program for 4 to 12 weeks depending on age and fitness levels. I usually design it in a way which produce adaptations over a pretty large spectrum, but it's main purpose is to enhance the work capacity of the organism. This include aerobic work too. Essentially, recovery is driven by aerobic processes and having a strong foundation on which you can later build strength / hypertrophy / power / whatever work is important.

The most important "supplements" for any athlete are : adequate nutrition and adequate sleep. Make sure you eat balanced, that your protein and CHO requirements are met. Make sure you go to bed early and sleep enough. I cannot stress enough the importance of sleep.

Ice baths, contrast baths, sure they are things which DO work. But many of those are required only in advanced athletics , in high intensity and shock microcycles.

The question which you ask yourself in the first place is if the training program is adequate to your current level of preparedness. It may be too much for you to handle. Its kinda unwise to look for supplements and artificial means to cut back on DOMS so soon after you started training. The silver bullet is in persistence and consistence, not in supplements. If you are unsure how to proceed, hire a good PT for several months, just to get you booted.

Don't forget, adequate nutrition and quality sleep !
 And speaking about quality nutrition information, you can find all you need in this book: http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Sport...9851186&sr=8-1 A new edition is due shortly, and it worth every penny. You will find accurate information and heavily referenced materials regarding a lot of topic in nutrition applied in athletics. All authors are scientists and many of them where directly involved in applied nutrition in high level athletics. Practical experience with athletes its a huge boon for scientists involved in human performance. The information you are likely to find on internet is mostly driven by marketing and money coming from the supplementation industry. Another part is purely mythical in nature. For 70 USD, the price of this book, you can save yourself a lot of pain of trying to discern between myths , plain lies , and accurate info floating around. (I am in no way associated with the publisher or editors of this book. Recommendation solely made on the basis of perceived usefulness)

 Quote by faitswulff ...deal with this? I'm not sure I trust BodyBuilding.com, which advocates use of creatine, Branched Chain Amino Acids, and ice baths. Thanks ahead of time!
What's wrong with creatine and ice baths?

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 Quote by seycyrus What's wrong with creatine and ice baths?
Ice baths are fine if done correctly. Google "creatine side effects". It doesn't even make you stronger. Just gives you a pump by retaining more water.

 Quote by faitswulff I started working out again after a long break, and my muscle fatigue is lasting for days, really destroying my motivation to stick to my schedule. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any legitimate, well-researched nutrition information, supplements, or techniques that I should know of to deal with this? I'm not sure I trust BodyBuilding.com, which advocates use of creatine, Branched Chain Amino Acids, and ice baths. Thanks ahead of time!
The latest article I read about muscle fatigue was "ACSM: Chocolate Milk Aids Muscle Recovery."

 By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: June 02, 2009 Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner Earn CME/CE credit for reading medical news LITTLE FALLS, N.J., June 2 -- When it comes to muscle recovery, a glass of low-fat chocolate milk after exercise is just as good as a high-carbohydrate energy drink, researchers say. Action Points In a small study of soccer players, low-fat chocolate milk consumption provided better muscle recovery after intense training compared than an isocaloric, high-carbohydrate drink, Michael J. Saunders, Ph.D., of James Madison University, and colleagues reported at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Seattle. They said fitness experts are increasingly calling chocolate milk an effective option for postexercise recovery as studies show it to be just as effective as some commercial sports drinks in helping athletes re-energize after a workout. To assess the potential benefits of chocolate milk, the researchers conducted a small study of 13 male college soccer players who served as their own controls by completing two intervention cycles. Each consisted of one week of normal training, followed by four days of more intense training. Immediately after each day of intense training, the players downed a high-carbohydrate drink in one intervention and chocolate milk in the other. At days two and four of intense training, the researchers measured creatine kinase and myoglobin levels, muscle soreness, mental and physical fatigue, peak isometric force of the quadriceps, and leg-extension repetitions. The researchers found that serum creatinine kinase levels -- a marker of muscle damage -- were significantly lower after drinking chocolate milk than they were after the high-carb beverage. After two days of intense training, levels were 343.5 u/l for chocolate milk compared with 449.9 u/l for the carbohydrate drink. After four days, levels dropped to 316.9 u/l and 431.6 u/l, respectively. Mean changes in peak isometric force of the quadriceps values also tended to be greater after milk than after the carbohydrate beverage, but the difference was not statistically significant. There were no differences between beverages with regard to soccer-specific performance, muscle soreness, or mental or physical fatigue. The researchers said the results indicate that low-fat chocolate milk is effective in muscle recovery after intense training. The study was supported by the Milk Processor Education Program, which runs the national Milk Mustache "Got milk?" Campaign. The researchers reported no conflicts of interest. Primary source: American College of Sports Medicine Source reference: Gilson SF, et al "Effects of chocolate milk consumption on markers of muscle recovery during intensified soccer training" ACSM 2009.
I must admit that I like a morning blender drink of fruit, milk, and a scoup of GNC's Women's Ultra Mega - Maximum Nutrition Formula prior to going to the gym. Personally, the combination of exercise and the drink gives me a lot of energy throughout my busy day.

 Quote by Greg Bernhardt Ice baths are fine if done correctly. Google "creatine side effects". It doesn't even make you stronger. Just gives you a pump by retaining more water.
Unless research has revealed something new in the past 5 years, creatine has been shown to increase strength gains. I don't use it now, but have used it in the past. I can't think of a single person who I have spoken to that has used it, who would claim that it didn't do anything.

Yes, many fallacies here :) but it's still my contention.

 Quote by seycyrus Unless research has revealed something new in the past 5 years, creatine has been shown to increase strength gains. I don't use it now, but have used it in the past. I can't think of a single person who I have spoken to that has used it, who would claim that it didn't do anything. Yes, many fallacies here :) but it's still my contention.
Agreed, creatine is the first source of energy your body turns to during those high-intensity periods. It's been shown that ingesting larger amounts of creatine increases the amount of creatine available for your muscles. If you even eat high-glycemic carbs. while supplementing creatine you can increase the efficiency and available amounts of stored creatine in your muscles... (Yes this will lead you to increased strength and performance in high-intensity anaerobic excercise... the time when creatine is used as an energy source).
Not a lot of regular people working out do this type of training though, for instance interval training making sure that when you sprint you are going full-out. High creatine also IIRC help with building muscle mass after a workout

@OP: This won't help you with muscle-cramps though... in fact some side-effects of creatine supplements ARE sore-muscles... Ice baths do work... You never said how long your muscles have been sore though, are we talking 2 days or 2 weeks? If it's only 'pain' for about 2 days and then it goes away this is completely normal nothing to worry about you don't even have to change your exercise routine... just make sure that the soreness subsides before you go back to training.

Make sure you are:
-Stretching before and after training. (stretching after doesn't really help the soreness but always do this to prevent injuries and I personally think it feels good lol )
-Warm-up with some light excercises
-After your work-out you should move directly into a light-aerobic exercise. During your rest period you should also be doing some light-aerobic exercises. Both of these will help and neither will decrease performance or hinder your muscles in anyway.
-KEEP HYDRATED... this is EXTREMELY important always keep drinking preferably water or some sort of sports drink during your training. By the time you feel thirsty you are ALREADY dehydrated.
-Massages work wonders
-Ice baths do work... if your interested in doing that.
-Make sure your work out routine is set up so that you can meet the goals you are trying to acheive through working out.

Make sure that you know the difference between accute muscle pain and DOMS. Acute muscle soreness is very abrute and sharp; you should see a doctor. If your soreness lasts more than a week you should probably also go see a doctor.

Something that I used to do so that soreness wouldn't interupt my training was train different areas of my body on different days. After awhile of training and your body becomes used to it the soreness after a good workout should feel more good than painful.

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