5 Tips to Relieve Sore Muscles After Exercise

Have you ever pushed yourself to the limit, and thought, “This is going to hurt tomorrow!” It’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), and it’s the reason you feel typically great until you wake up the next morning. You’re most likely to experience DOMS when you introduce a new activity or increase your exercise intensity or volume. That’s why we’d like to share 5 tips to relieve those sore muscles after exercise.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle. It improves your heart and lungs and builds strong bones and muscles. However, exercise can cause sore muscles, and it can be a pain when you feel tight and uncomfortable. If you’re interested in preventing injury, I encourage you to read 6 Workout Safety Tips at the Gym.

Let’s get started:

Drink Cherry Juice

Surprised? Research published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that marathoners consuming tart cherry juice five days before, on the day of, or 48 hours following their running reduced muscle soreness. That’s because cherry juice is rich in anthocyanins that decrease excess inflammation.

Stretch!

It’s SO IMPORTANT to stretch after you work out. Your muscles are relaxed and more flexible when they’re warm. Stretching also circulates blood away from your muscles and back to your heart to aid in recovery.

Rest

Sometimes the second day after an intense workout can be the toughest. Taking a day off gives your body a chance to repair itself and replenishes your energy. Here’s a great link to researching your recovery time after a workout.

Apply Heat or Ice

Ice can help reduce the swelling that sometimes comes along with extreme soreness. However, heat can also minimize tension and pain signals. So if relaxing in a warm bath makes you feel better, do that. It will help reduce sore muscles.

Finally…

Did these muscle soreness relief tips provide you help? Was there something that I missed? I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com. Also, please be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul Newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.

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