Best Ways to Reduce Soreness After Working Out
Have you ever worked out so hard that you feel good right after but then the next day it is difficult to lift your arms or move your legs? You may feel soreness throughout your body because of the strenuous activity you performed. Our muscles go through physical stress during any physical activity we do. It is important to tend to those problem areas before things worsen. Here are a few tips to help reduce soreness after working out.
Allow your body to rest after working out
One of the simplest ways to reduce sore muscles is to rest and allow your body to recover. Doing this allows your body to replenish its energy. Usually, the second day after an intense workout is when the soreness becomes more apparent. Try doing some lighter exercises the day after then fully rest so your body can recover.
Keep your body moving with some gentle stretches
As enticing as it is to just lay in bed after an intense workout, it is best to keep your body moving with light exercises or some gentle stretches. Just know that not all stretches are made equal, so find some movements that work best for you. Some items you might want to use to help stretch out your muscles are our resistance bands. There are many exercises that will help you cool down including swimming, biking, and yoga. If you need some simple cool-down movements post-workout, check out our blog on yoga poses for beginners.
Massage any tender muscles
Massaging your muscles after working out can increase blood circulation throughout your body. Doing this will also help reduce inflammation and tenderness after a workout. We offer a variety of muscle massagers on our site that are essential to any post-workout routine.
REVIVE roller: Our electronic foam roller offers 3 different levels of vibrations, each one increasing in intensity. This high-performance roller delivers high penetration and helps relieve tightness. If you are interested in learning more about our foam rollers, please check out our blog on the topic.
Trig Stick: Our massage roller is made from professional-grade steel designed to help restore muscles and relieve any pain post-workout. If you are interested in learning more about our Trig Stick, you can check out our blog on the topic.
T-Force: This multi-speed massager is flexible and dynamic enough to get into pesky knots that may be hard to reach. This device comes with multiple head shapes because we know all bodies are not built the same. We want to make sure you tailor your massage to your body.
Eat foods filled with antioxidants
Popping ibuprofen for muscle pain may not be the best move, even though it is an anti-inflammatory pill. Instead, try to eat some foods that are filled with antioxidants. These foods, such as ginger, cherry juice, and pineapple, have shown great promises in muscle relief.
Apply some heat and then cool down
Applying heat right after working out has proven to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness. There are numerous ways to apply some heat after working out, whether it’s getting a warm rag and laying it on your sore spots, sitting in a sauna or steam room, or even taking a warm bath. Then after you have applied some heat, take some time to cool off in either a cold bath or use a bag of frozen vegetables. Cold therapy helps reduce swelling and nerve activity.
There are numerous ways to help relieve soreness after a workout. What’s important is to find a method that works best for your body. Not all pain is universal, so test out every method to see what works best for you.