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Simple Ways to Ease Those Sore Muscles

Ways to relieve sore muscles following a workout.

Making the time for a workout program and setting realistic goals can be challenging enough, but add to that the sore muscles that can come with any exercise routine, and it may be difficult to keep sight of your goals. Any kind of strenuous activity can leave you with sore muscles and in most cases this is just a symptom of your muscles adapting to the new activity.

While post workout soreness may be common, there are several things you can do to ease those aching muscles. The simplest thing to do is to take it easy for a day or two. Continue with light exercise such as walking. Keeping active will help provide some relief and keep the muscles fluid. Also, concentrate on working alternate muscle groups giving the overworked ones time to heal.

The use of heat to treat sore muscles is a popular and effective remedy. This can be anything from a long relaxing soak in the tub to the use of a heating pad. The new portable heat wraps are great for this and make it easy to apply warmth to any part of the body. The heat increases blood flow and helps ease pain. Also try an epsom salt bath to sooth those aches and pains.

Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can cause sore muscles, especially after a strenuous workout. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated. All the rage these days is the very popular sports drinks but for most people, water is the best choice. Sports drinks don’t hydrate the body any better than water and often contain a lot of sugar.

Getting Past the Pain

Head for the medicine cabinet. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxin can help relieve sore muscles. Of course check with a health care professional before taking any non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug. Many people also rely on mentholated sports rubs to ease sore muscles as these give a warming sensation to the affected area.

Massage is also an affective and relaxing method for relieving sore muscles. A massage helps improve blood flow to the muscles to aid in easing the stiffness and swelling caused by overworking your body.

It is important to remember that there is a difference between a sore muscle caused by exercise and that of severe or long term pain caused by a muscle injury. Usually the discomfort from overworked muscles will only last a day or two but if the pain prevents you from performing routine activities, severely limits your range of motion or persists for more than a few days it’s time to seek medical advice.

Don’t give up. Sore muscles can be a sign that your exercise routine is working and that you are on the right track. Success won’t happen over night but in time the soreness will disappear and you can be encouraged that you are developing a healthier and stronger body.

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  1. Nice job, Heather. Thank you for the good tips.

  2. Awesome! Really appreciate the article! I recently started Kickboxing, love it, but towards the end of the week my muscles get pretty sore! Great advice!! I appreciate your final sentence especially!!

  3. NO PAIN NO GAIN!

  4. This has really helped and I just want to say how much i appreciate the advice.I been breakdancing for 3 years and all this time I have been looking for advices on how to cure muscles within a day or two so I can be up and ready for another practice session. Thanks Much appreciated.

    More bruise for more moves.

  5. great advice i do genjitsu twice a week and usually on the second session of the week im still a bit sore and have been looking for advice on “healing up” before my next session and the advice about heat worked great

  6. Good advice. Severe orthopedic injuries to my arm and leg have kept me out of the gym for awhile, and I totally don’t remember this much pain from squats before my accident! I probably misjudged the weight I should use and overdid it yesterday, but it’s nice to be reminded how to ease the pain, so I can keep at it until I’m back in shape. I’ll probably reduce the weight next time, but I’ve got a date with a massager on my upper thighs so I can try again in a day or two. Thanks! :)

  7. I’ve been doing volleyball camp for two days and is till have 3 more days left. i have millions of muscles aching. my chest my arms my upper and lower legs stommach back legs. anything you name it (even my gluteals if you know what i mean) wink wink this really helps.

  8. I\’ve been doing volleyball camp for two days and is till have 3 more days left. i have millions of muscles aching. my chest my arms my upper and lower legs stommach back legs. anything you name it (even my gluteals if you know what i mean) wink wink this really helps.

  9. I used to do basic dance warmups everyday to keep me suple. I have recently got back into doing it for the last 3 days and even though my leg muscles are pulled I have continued to work through it but dnt want to stop doing it for a couple of days cz my will power will disappear ??

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