SORE NO MORE
RELIEVE POST-WORKOUT MUSCLE ACHES WITH THESE TIPS.
1 MOVE AROUND This might be the last thing on your mind, but doing light exercises, like walking or jogging, can help to flush out any lactic acid – the cause of your soreness – that’s clogged up in your body. Getting out and about will loosen things up.
2 DO SELF-MASSAGE Get a foam roller and apply pressure to the problem areas. Go back and forth, and up and down. Doing so helps to lengthen and relax your muscles. According to a study done by the Memorial University of Newfoundland, it was found that foam rolling after strength training helped to reduce tenderness significantly.
3 STRETCH IT OUT Before your body cools down entirely after a sweat sesh, do yoga, pilates or even basic stretches at home. This helps increase oxygen flow to aching muscles, and speeds up the recovery process.
4 COOL OFF This is a treatment many professional athletes swear by: the post-workout ice bath. Simply soak in a tub of cold water. It constricts your blood vessels and reduces swelling. When you emerge from your bath, your body warms up. This process improves circulation and helps with the healing process.
5 EAT RIGHT Fill your diet with foods rich in omega-3s, which is found naturally in salmon, spinach, nuts and so forth. They can help boost blood circulation in your sore muscles. Consider taking fish oil supplements, as these may help to prevent inflammation.