Relieve Sore Muscles After Exercise

After you have had the feeling of satisfaction knowing you have worked your muscles hard to build strength you may also realize that your muscles are sore from the workout.  Here are a few simple tips that may help you to relieve some of the aches and pains from your sore muscles.

Many people like to stretch before and after exercising.  If you stretch your muscles after your workout and your muscles are already sore, you may be doing more harm than good.  After working out limit your stretching and keep the stretching relaxed so you do not get an injury from straining your sore muscles.

If you overdo the stretching after exercising you run the chance of tearing the muscle fiber.  A tear such as this can take a long time to heal and until the injury heals your activities will be limited.  This will slow down any progress to your exercise routine.  When you engage in strenuous stretching after exercising you can strain or sprain something or most likely, pull some muscles.  While you wait for the injured muscles to repair you will have to stop your exercise routine and this delay can be very frustrating to you.

Unless your muscles are warmed up and loose, you risk injury when stretching.

You can maximize your stretching by doing some light warm ups before your workout.  After working out the soreness you feel in your body is caused by tiny tears that occur when you work the muscles hard.  Some soreness is a good thing.  As the muscles repair, they grow bigger and stronger.

When you first begin an exercise program go slow.  Instead of trying to start right away with rigorous training, carefully adjust your exercise program to the level of a beginner.  Simply because you participate in some other sports does not mean your body is ready to immediately start at a rigorous exercise level. Various activities require the use of various muscles to perform different tasks so you need to take it easy when engaging in new activities until your muscles adjust.

If your muscles do develop soreness then it’s time to try some light exercises.  Take short walks.  Engage in a leisurely bike ride.  You want to keep your muscles loose, but you do not want to put additional strain on your muscles.

If your muscles are sore you might want to engage in a light massage.  A massage will help to bring more blood to the affected area.  It will also help remove the lactic acid that causes soreness in your muscles.  There are many creams available over the counter to help relive the discomfort of muscle aches.

If you need to apply some first aid for an injury try placing ice on the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes.  Then wait about 1 hour and apply heat to the same area for 15 to 20 minutes.  Spending some time in a hot tub can help relax you and your muscles.  Even relaxing in a hot bath can help bring some relief.

Following these simple tips may help you to avoid sore muscles or get rid of sore muscles. They may help you to enjoy your workouts more.