Did you know that prolonged muscle soreness may increase your risk for strains, tears, and other serious injuries? Whether you’re adjusting to a new workout or just working out hard, sore muscles are an inevitable effect of getting fit. While it’s always good to take precautions by stretching, drinking lots of water, and keeping your electrolytes balanced, sometimes doing so just isn’t enough. Unfortunately, there’s no instant cure for sore muscles, but there are several ways to alleviate the pain associated with ‘em. Check out our solutions below!
According to mensfitness.com, adding some cherry juice to your post-workout drink may just help ease sore muscles. The antioxidant components found in tart cherries called anthocyanins actually help reduce inflammation, so drink up!
A cup or two of Epsom salts dissolved in a warm bath works wonders for all types of aches and pains. Soak for 15 minutes in warm (not piping hot) water up to three times per week. How does it work? Epsom salts are comprised of magnesium sulfate which is a natural muscle relaxant. As a salt, they help pull excess fluid from muscle tissue, significantly reducing swelling.
While a hot bath feels amazing after a tedious work out, treating your muscles to an ice pack works best for aches and pains. Icing actually prevents further muscle damage and speeds up the healing process. Simply crush some ice and place it in a waterproof bag wrapped in a towel.
Arnica is a homeopathic medicine that comes from a flower of the same name, with properties that reduce swelling and pain associated with bruises, sprains, muscle issues, and even insect bites. It’s available in both gel and tablet form and is super reasonable. The gel version is great for rubbing directly on an ache or bruise, and the tablets are ideal for overall body aches or muscle pain in the back (12minuteathlete.com).
According to The Huffington Post, just 10-minutes of massage after a workout is enough to reduce muscle soreness. Massage reduces the amount of NF-kB, a protein that is involved in the body’s inflammatory response to exercise and may also stimulate the production of PGC-1alpha (these aid in the body’s production of new mitochondria)!