5 Natural Ways to Stave Off Post-Run Fatigue

Running is a great way to get exercise and take in some fresh air. Many runners have a similar problem, though: they find themselves exhausted after their run. Your run should give you energy, but if you’re experiencing post-run fatigue, follow these tips for help.

Stretch before every run

Running takes a toll on your muscles. If your muscles are sore, you may have trouble finding motivation after your run. Fix this by stretching before every run. You also want to make sure that you incorporate strength training into your routine as well. Strength training will increase your muscle strength and give you the strength to run further before your body gives in.

Eat plenty of antioxidants

Eating the right foods with the right nutrition can make strenuous tasks like running much easier. Running can deteriorate the body; antioxidants help reduce the damage. According to Kyani, a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods improves many different conditions, including inflammation, blood-sugar imbalances, lethargy, poor digestion, and low quality of sleep. While the body creates some antioxidants, it’s important to get them in the food we eat as well. Fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and milk are great sources of this substance. The CBD Insider notes that CBD oil is another powerful antioxidant, and helps kill cancer cells by inducing oxidative stress.

Hydrate

Your body is made up of mostly water. When you start to sweat, you’re losing some of that water. When you’re running and sweating profusely, you’re losing a lot of water. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your run. Try to avoid sugary drinks instead of water. The sugary drinks provide the same hydration but a large amount of sugar. They’re simply not worth it. It’s a good idea to limit or avoid alcohol, too. Alcohol dehydrates the body.

Sleep well

We live in a very busy world, and most people don’t get the sleep that they need. Runner’s World says that no lab test can tell you exactly how many hours of sleep you need—the number varies widely by individual. But the average adult needs between seven and nine hours each night. Do what you can to maximize the amount of sleep you get every night. Turn off electronics and lights before bed, count sheep, or listen to soothing noises to encourage a good night of sleep. Your body and your running time will thank you.  

Running should be challenging, but it shouldn’t exhaust you to the point that you lose motivation. Hopefully, these tips help you run and then get on with the rest of your day with energy.

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