The deep-sea cure for post-workout muscle pain

You’ve heard the old saying — no pain, no gain.

You’ve probably also noticed that I’ve made it one of my missions to disprove this myth. Getting healthy doesn’t have to be hard. And there’s plenty to gain from even the most leisurely walk around the block.

That said, jumping into any new workout routine — especially if there’s resistance training involved — is bound to shake things up in your body. And some temporary soreness while you get the hang of things is impossible to avoid.

But that doesn’t mean you have to suck it up and suffer. Because new research has revealed one very simple way to minimize this discomfort, which is formally known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)…

Take your fish oil every day.

Yes, it really could be that simple. A team of Baylor University researchers recently conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 17 young women. All were scheduled for a single session of resistance exercise.

But in the week leading up to that session, one group took 6 grams of fish oil (comprised of 3,000 mg of EPA and 600 mg of DHA) daily. While the other group took a placebo.

Results showed less post-training muscle soreness among the fish oil group. In fact, the results were so impressive, the researchers drew comparisons to the effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen. (And obviously, fish oil is the safer alternative here.)

Fish oil won’t wipe out post-workout pain altogether. But it’s always been one of my go-to recommendations for inflammation of any kind. So if you’re already following my advice and taking 3,000 mg of EPA/DHA daily — and everyone really should be — consider your bases covered.