Challenging your body and pushing through a booty-kicking workout is the best feeling. You boost your metabolism, up your energy levels, and feel amazing after. You may also feel a little sore, and that鈥檚 completely normal. Today we鈥檙e sharing our go-to tips for soothing sore muscles so you can come back stronger at your next workout!

1. Power up on protein.聽We always have protein聽within 30 minutes聽of a workout. Protein helps form sexy, lean muscles and eases soreness. The amino acid聽L-glutamine in protein slows the breakdown of your muscles after a workout. We love making smoothies with clean, plant-based, gluten-free聽Tone It Up Protein聽which contains L-glutamine.聽Find some of our fave recipes聽HERE!

2. Do the ripe thing.聽Dark fruits like tart cherries and blueberries help reduce Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (AKA DOMS). You know that feeling when you鈥檝e worked out SO hard, but you don鈥檛 feel sore until the next day or even the day after? That鈥檚 DOMS. Snack on a handful of berries or try our聽Blueberry Bark聽for a muscle-soothing dessert!

3. Spice it up.聽The inflammation levels in your body are high after exercising. Certain spices like ginger, turmeric, and cayenne naturally have聽anti-inflammatory compounds that help with soreness. Sip on this soothing ginger聽smoothie聽or whip up these聽Spicy Cauliflower Wings.聽They鈥檙e one of our faves!

4. Roll.聽We use a foam roller just about every night. It鈥檚 such an amazing tool for releasing stress in your muscles and bringing blood flow back to those tight areas. Try聽these moves聽on your roller to relax and recover!

5. Stretch it out.聽Taking time to stretch deep into your sore spots will make you feel amazing and prevent injury. Try this聽stretching routine聽for some serious muscle relief. And check out聽Beach Babe 5聽for even more stretching routines.

Looking for more fitness and nutrition advice to reach your goals? Join the Tone It Up team for our聽Summer Tone Up Challenge! It鈥檚 four weeks of daily workouts, toning routines, live Instagram workouts, slimming recipes, and support from this amazing community! Join us聽HERE!

What are your tips for preventing sore muscles? Share them with us @BritandCo and @ToneItUp!

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