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How to Soothe Sore Muscles

How To Soothe Sore Muscles

Muscle soreness isn’t fun. That run you did when you beat your personal best was fun though. If you’ve ever worked out you’ve experienced sore muscles here and there. It’s a sign that you’re challenging your body but don’t let those sore muscles challenge your willingness to workout the next day. Here are our four favorite ways to soothe sore muscles:

How to Soothe Sore Muscles:

  1. Stretch. This may seem like a no brainer but many people are in a rush to jump in the shower right after breaking a sweat and forget about stretching all together. You’re going to help prevent muscle stiffness if you stretch after a workout—10 minutes of your time to avoid a day of soreness tomorrow is well worth it.
  2. Rest. It’s okay to take a break, pushing your body hard everyday can put you on the path to a sports injury and then you’ll really have to rest. Just because you’re taking a break doesn’t mean you can’t be active, just do a lighter activity instead. If you’re a runner and it’s your break day, skip the run and walk instead. You’ll still be out and moving while giving your legs a little rest.
  3. Massage. Who doesn’t love a massage? No one, that’s who! After a long sweat session massage your body. Sore in spots you can’t reach? Get a loved one to give you a helping hand. Can’t convince anyone to give you a free rub down? Get yourself a foam roller. The roller can work out knots just like a massage and can easily be done at home or in the gym.
  4. Hot & Cold. Use temperature to your advantage to soothe your sore body. If your gym has a sauna/hot tub take advantage of it! No fancy gym membership? Don’t worry a hot shower will do the trick just as easily. Feel soreness creeping up on you as soon as you’re done working out? Grab some ice. Icing your muscles will help ease inflammation and pain.

Do you have any tips or tricks that help keep soreness at bay? Let us know!

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jerome #

    My best tip: a fresh beer after an hard workout!

    June 4, 2012
    • @Jerome Ha! I’m sure that’s a tip a lot of people can get behind doing. ;)

      June 5, 2012
  2. jennifer #

    My favorite is a long soak in the tub with epsom’s salt…helps not only my sore muscles but many other health properties too

    June 6, 2012
  3. Blaž #

    The most important thing is to stretch after activity. I sometimes take an aspirin or two against soreness. I also recommend Magnesium tablets that dissolve in water if you have problems with cramps.

    June 6, 2012
  4. Pepe #

    Beer really does the trick for me after a long xc bike session!

    June 7, 2012
  5. Massaging yourself helps, but it’s nothing compared to a professional massage. I get one at least once a month. It makes such a difference!

    June 13, 2012
    • kiwigav #

      I had a massage once from a professional with a load of certificates. Nice massage but not that useful for easing exercise related soreness. If I have one again, which I think is a good thing to do, it would be with a trained sports physio. And having spoken with one recently, he definately knew how to help with useful stretching tips.

      July 2, 2012
  6. I feel the same way! Aspirin only relieves the pain for a short amnuot of time. Maybe your body is telling yuo something. Make sure you are taking rest days and doing other exercises besides running. Swimming or cycling is a great way to rest your legs from such hardcore cardio.

    June 22, 2012

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