5 Ways To Deal With Muscle Soreness Without Medication
Sure, ibuprofen is the easiest and quickest way to get rid of muscle soreness. Good option for a placebo. My mother used to tell me to take aspirin. Another good one.
Muscle soreness can kick in anytime within 72 hours from your training session. Some experts say 24-48 others go to 72.
Nowadays when I get DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), because I do, rarely but it happens I allow my body to heal itself and if needed help it this way:
1. Hot bath to relax those muscles and improve circulation.
2. Stretching, particularly after your workout, to release the tension. Make it gentle the next day.
3. Keep training. If you stop for a week just because your muscles hurt, when you go back they will hurt again. Keep training, maybe not as hard but keep moving. Besides when muscles warm up they don’t hurt….as much.
Remember that muscle soreness is a type of muscle conditioning, which means your muscles are adapting to the new activity. That’s all.
4. Massage to loosen up muscles and improve circulation to the area.
5. Hot/Cold. Apply some Apply an ice pack for 15 minutes, followed by a heat pack for another 15, and repeat. Promoting both circulation and muscle recuperation. I haven’t tried this one on myself.
BONUS 6th: Earthing
Scientific research has shown that connecting with the earth barefoot, especially when humid or wet, reduces inflammation in the body and improves circulation. So away you go barefoot outside.
This being said I do not agree with muscles soreness that lasts for day and you cannot get out of bed. That’s just wrong.
If you are a beginner at a certain type of exercise do not push over your limits. You can do that later when your body becomes accustomed to the exercise.
Many of my clients are beginners, some of them haven’t exercised in years. When they come they want a really tough workout from the first session.
However I do it my way, the first 3-4 session are within their comfort zone or just a little bit outside it. They may get some muscle soreness but not to make them hate just thinking about our next session.
So how do you treat muscle soreness? Leave your comments below.