Anyone who’s ever experienced the pain of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – commonly known as DOMS – will attest that getting off the couch and conducting a workout is only half the battle. It’s what happens afterwards that requires some attention.

While we typically associate “recovery” with a sports injury, post-exercise recovery is a different concept entirely, referring to the process by which muscles repair themselves following a period of strenuous physical activity.

An entire industry has sprung up around the concept of post-workout, with nutritional supplements and sports bars promising the expedite the process by replenishing glycogen and protein stores, refuelling muscles with amino acids, providing much-needed electrolytes – and on and on.

Post-exercise recovery is big business, and supplements can certainly play their part. But they should be part of a joined-up, evidence-backed approach encompassing things like stretching, rest and hydration. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at several elements of the post-exercise recovery process, to help you get the most out of your workouts.