You did it, you dedicated the time to work out. However, well knowing in the back of your mind that tomorrow if not later that day you are going to be SORE… sometimes that alone is enough to instill fear into us to just avoid exercise all together. “I don’t want to be too sore” or “I’m worried I won’t be able to bend or lift or get out of bed tomorrow!”. I’ve been there, I am currently there and can tell you first hand that whether it’s your first workout in a while or you go daily muscle soreness is inevitable but how you treat it can make a world of difference.
I mean, what is muscle soreness anyways and why does it happen? Simply put, the act of working out creates microscopic tears in muscle fibers. Because of the tears some inflammation also occurs. It is both the tears and inflammation that cause the pain or “soreness” we feel later that day or even for a few days afterwards. Now don’t think this is terrible or “I don’t want to stress my body out like that!”. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. Your body needs to go through this process if you want to grow muscle and see changes in your body composition. It’s how you deal with/react to what is occurring that can make or break your soreness levels.
So what can you do about it to lessen the inflammation and pain? I have 3 things I like to do after I lift heavy or take a strenuous class like Boot camp or Kickboxing. These work great for me in reducing if not eliminating my muscle soreness so if you are looking for some ways to nip your inflammation in the butt before it rears its ugly head check out the 3 “Honey Crunched recovery essentials” below:
- Yogi Muscle Recovery Tea – A tasty green tea blend I love to drink post workout. It’s rich with antioxidants and includes turmeric root and Devil’s Claw which is a great herb that targets muscle pain, tendonitis, back pain, and arthritis. So not only is this tea tasty it addresses both inflammation and muscles tears/pain in one cup! Plus Yogi tea’s all include lovely inspirational saying on their tea bags.
- Epsom salt bath – What can be more relaxing/de-stressing than a nice hot bath to loosen up sore muscles? Adding Epsom salt to the bath takes it up to the next level. Epsom salt has been used forever on athletes and those with stiff joint pain like for arthritis. This salt is not to be confused with bath salts, table salt, dead sea salt…. epsom salt when emerged in water breaks down into magnesium and sulfate. Stress whether from physical activity or mentally deplete magnesium levels which by sitting in an epsom salt bath are reabsorbed into your body. Added perk you walk out of the bath loose, relaxed and in a happy state of mind.
- Tumeric spice – Tumeric has been used as a medicine for centuries to treat wounds, infections, colds, and liver disease. Studies have shown that curcumin, a compound in turmeric helps to reduce inflammation in the body.
So these are the 3 things I do that work for me after a hard workout. What do you do to help minimize muscle pain/inflammation after working out? Have you tried any of the suggestions above? Let us know!