Are you having trouble getting out of bed, standing up, or sitting down because it feels like your muscles won't let you move? Don't worry, we've all been there. Whether it's from an intense workout the day (or even a few days) before or simply from built up stress, sore muscles are no joke. Sometimes it's a good sign of having exercised, but sometimes it's just plain unpleasant. If you want to soothe those sore muscles and get back to normal, here are some things you can do to help your body out.
Yes, we are asking you to stretch. We know it hurts really bad at first but if you are properly stretching it should be able to relieve the pain. Don’t overstretch though, because then that could tear the muscle and cause something more serious.
2.) Foam roll
Most athletes have foam rolls, they use them to soothe sore muscles so why can’t you? You can buy them at any sporting goods store or online. These little rolls work wonders on the muscles and can ease the soreness.
3.) Epsom salt bath
If you have never heard of Epsom salts, then you better thank me later. Epsom salts are used in baths and showers regularly, and you can buy them at your local drug store. Just pour them in your bath or rub the on the sore muscles, the salt works wonders when in contact with water. They also have a nice scent which is an added bonus.
4.) Drink Water
You probably hear this a lot, but drink more water. Drinking water can relieve the tension in the muscles. The soreness is built up lactic acid and drinking more water is proven to help relieve it.
5.) Use ice, then heat
If you are sore or have an inflamed muscle doctors say it is best to ice it for 20-30 minutes and then use heat. A heating pad will help open up the muscles and make them feel a lot better. Use a heating pad or if you have a hot tub that will work as well.
Those sore muscles are no joke, like we said, so make sure you're taking care of them. Sometimes all it really takes is time for them to feel better and for that stiffness or burn to go away, but hopefully some of these tips and tricks can speed up that process. If you try some of these before an intense workout or just as a part of your daily routine, it could work as a preventative measure too so you don't feel as sore later.