If you are just starting out, it is recommended to do strength training 2-3 times a week. Whether you're a beginner or have been training for years, no one is immune to muscle pain.
Pain after a workout is not uncommon, but you don't have to deal with this pain for days either. If you have severe pain in your muscles that is affecting your quality of life, consider getting osteopathy.
However, if you're tired of feeling sore after weight training, here are some helpful, calming tips on how to relieve post-workout sore muscles.
Don't stop moving
Your first instinct after a long workout might be to drop on the couch and watch your favorite show. While rest is incredibly important to your muscles, don't be tempted to stop moving right away.
Your muscles will actually feel better if you continue doing some light activity for the next day or two. Take a leisurely stroll, swim, or ride a bike.
Let your muscles relax
We touched on the fact that rest is important, but how you rest is really key. Try to use the following cycle as you should be doing strength training 2-3 times a week:
- Easy exercise
This pattern gives your body time to adjust and replenish so you're ready for your next intense workout. Rest and relaxation give your sore muscles the opportunity to repair themselves. This will help them get stronger, and as you keep exercising you will feel less pain than you will build endurance.
Get a massage
If you cannot relieve your sore muscles yourself, it is worth getting a massage. You can either have a loved one work out these kinks or get a professional massage. It's a fantastic way to relieve pain while also improving blood flow to your muscles. Massage can also improve your joints and increase your range of motion, which can benefit your workout.
Use anti-inflammatory solutions
Usually, after a workout, the muscles are sore due to inflammation. Fortunately, over-the-counter medications, creams, and ointments can help soothe this swelling and give you relief. Some people have even turned to alternative uses like CBD oil to reduce inflammation and relax muscles. Don't be afraid to experiment to find products that work for you.
If you decide to use any product to treat inflammation, make sure you understand its ingredients and how they work. It's usually better to choose a product with natural ingredients, as these tend to have a lower risk of side effects.
If you feel sore after your workout, it can cause you to lose your motivation. Therefore, it is important to find relief as soon as possible. Remember, sore muscles mean change is taking place and you are actually doing something good for your body. Use these tips to help relax those muscles so you can find a healthy weight training routine to stick with.
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