When you’re living an active life full of hiking, biking, and other forms of exercise, occasional sore muscles are inevitable.
When you’re desperately seeking relief from sore muscles, try these six cures that really work! Before you know it, you’ll be back to your normal activities.
Before you do anything else to work on your muscle soreness, drink plenty of water. Like the rest of your body, your muscles need water to repair themselves. Avoid dehydrating beverages like soda and coffee.
It might sound counterintuitive, but total inactivity is the worst thing for muscle soreness. Keep moving to feel better faster. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy and probably not the same activity that stressed your muscles, but even a leisurely walk will get your blood flowing and your muscles healing.
Foam rolling is like giving yourself a deep tissue massage, right down to the pain you might feel. It’s effective for muscle soreness because it relieves tension and works out the knots in your muscles by applying pressure.
It can be painful, especially at first, but it will help your muscles recover faster.
Stretching can also provide relief from sore muscles. These yoga poses for a better back are a great starting point. You can find an endless supply of quality yoga videos on YouTube. Try searching “yoga for athletes” for videos to help with your specific type of athletic muscle soreness.
Massage can provide much-needed relief from muscle soreness. The best scenario is to book a professional massage, but you can enlist the help of a friend or massage and knead your own muscles.
There’s nothing quite like a warm bath to relax muscles and mind. Toss some Epsom salts into the water. They’re known to help relieve muscle soreness. For a special treat, visit one of Colorado’s many hot springs.