When starting a new fitness regime, chances are that your muscles are going to be demolished in the best way. The problem with this is that you will barely be able to lift your arms afterward and your quads will be like rocks weighing you down. You don’t have to suffer in silence though, here are 5 ways to heal the hurt.
It doesn’t matter if you are a total fitness noob, even professional athletes feel the pang of DOMS. Now while they often have the luxury of fancy, high-tech equipment like cryotheraphy chambers, etc. we don’t. So I’ve compiled a list of what the average Joe can do.
Cherry on Top
I had no idea that this was a thing until I started digging so deep into the internet that I feared I would never emerge again. Add cherry juice to your post-workout recovery drink to ease muscle soreness. True story, according to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science, it works exceptionally well and it is all thanks to antioxidants called anthocyanins.
These work to reduce inflammation which is what causes the pain. I haven’t tried this personally, but it’s leg day soon so I’ll let you know.
Side note: It is impossible to find a cherry GIF that isn’t basically porn. Sorry.
I am all for coffee as a pre-workout and talk about it all the time! If coffee ever stopped flowing from the bitter loveliness that is my plunger, I would stop existing. It is that simple.
That dramatic point aside, drinking coffee prior to a workout is better because it reduces muscle soreness and fatigue by 50%! So basically, I’m going to just drink coffee while training for the best results from now on!
Ice Ice Baby!
This is actually quite widely known, but according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, it is by far more beneficial than you think. Icing the muscle prevents further muscle damage and speeds healing up.
Plus, I was able to listen to this song again.
Invest in a few ice-packs from your local Dischem and keep them on hand just in case you need to ice sore muscles after training.
There is nothing more relaxing than a deep tissue massage following exercise. Actually, who am I kidding? It’s brutal when your muscles are sore but it does increase blood flow to the muscles that speeds up the removal of inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals make your body ache and are the horrible nasties making your life difficult.
Cats are unreliable, so you can self-massage by using a foam roller after each training session or rolling on a tennis ball.
Soak it Up!
Okay, so maybe this list is just a list of things that fit moms are desperate for, but there are sciencey things backing all of this. A hot bath is going to give you a temporary blast of relief, and all sorts of relaxation. Adding Epsom salts to the water is just an added kick to help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints.
Add a splash of lavender essential oils to your Epsom Salts to help you wind down after a long day.
Got any home remedies you swear by? Share them with us below!