Remember when your middle school track coach tried to get you to eat like 50 bananas telling you that it would stave off lactic acid build up and help prevent cramps? Turns out that was a big load of wrong.
Recent studies have shown that Lactic Acid is actually a really good thing. Turns out, it’s the substance that your body is able to most efficiently process into energy and is not responsible for those terrible muscle aches and fatigue that often accompany a good workout.
How should this affect your routine? Well, if you were holding yourself below the so-called “lactic threshold” in order to try and avoid soreness, don’t. Doing the exercises properly and within your weight capacity will help more. Also, do more cardio for longer and with short bursts of hard exertion. This will help train your muscles to absorb lactic acid more efficiently, allowing you to be even more of a stud.
As if that didn’t make you jump up out of your office chair and run five miles, I have provided the following link to try and help motivate you. Click here to be inspired!!!!
The New York Times: Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles' Foe, It's Fuel