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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!