Go with me here… You have had a killer workout and you’ve nailed it. You go home feeling good and shower and the next morning you wake up and you’re so sore your toenails actually hurt. Anybody else been there? I mean, you’re sore enough that you hopped on Pinterest and searched “Muscle Soreness Relief”. Which is probably why you’re here now.
The muscle soreness set in this morning but you were hopeful that as the day went on, your muscles would get better. You realized though that as the day has passed on, your soreness isn’t getting better, it is getting WORSE.
You might even be to the point that you’re mad at dudes right now because they’re able to pee standing up. Oh yeah, I went there.
You also probably are thinking that tomorrow being day two your muscles will hate you even more. So you’re here trying to head off that misery. I’m talking so sore your hair hurts, am I right? Who knew that was even possible.
While Muscle soreness can be a beautiful thing, TOO sore is not and we have to be really careful to not hurt ourselves!
Listen to your screaming muscles
Let’s be 100% clear, you should never be in pain. If you are in pain and cannot walk or jabbing pains or fire burning sensations, anything of that sort, go to your doctor immediately. I am obviously not a doctor and this post is for typical post workout muscle soreness where it’s uncomfortable to go to the restroom, or your muscles bark at you anytime you do a normal everyday activity.
Muscle Soreness Relief Technique #1
Drink lots of water
You have just put your body through an intense workout, your body must re-hydrate. When you workout your muscles, they ‘breakdown’ and rebuild. No, your muscles are not dissolving or anything. The easiest way to explain it is that they are going through a rebuilding process which causes the discomfort. Your body requires water and the harder your body works, the more water your body requires. Because, when you work out you sweat and if you didn’t sweat – I say this with all the love in my heart – you didn’t do it right, so go try again. Drink lots of water to hydrate your body so it can repair itself.
Liven up your Water
Water is a necessary part of life. I’ve heard several people tell me that they don’t like water or that water has no taste or different excuses along that line. Alright, fair enough, so let’s think outside of the box and add some flavor to our water. I’m not talking about powder flavoring of some sort that has Lord knows what in it, I’m talking about fruits and veggies in your water to add flavor.
Lemon is the ‘obvious’ choice to add flavor. When you go to a restaurant, typically they bring lemon out with your water. Here are some other options for what to put into your water (Mix and match or use by themselves!):
- Mint Sprigs
- Orange Slices
- Lime Slices
Super yummy and flavor issue is now solved. Get funky with your water. Change things up and make things interesting! Water is essential and I get it that sometimes it can be boring which is why I always have a sprig of mint or some sort of tasty fruit in there.
Now for the ultimate in Muscle Soreness Relief Techniques. It’s the secret of all secrets, y’all. Ready? You’re so excited to see what it is you just can’t stand it. I can tell.
Muscle Soreness Relief Technique #2
This little gem right here that doesn’t look like a whole lot is to muscles what hot fudge is to ice cream, the strawberries to your shortcake, the chips to your salsa. This is my ultimate secret in regards to muscle soreness and you can grab it on Amazon by clicking the picture of the foam roller.
There is also another type of foam roller that I am currently obsessed with. I’ll be honest is DOES look a bit scary at first but don’t be alarmed, it does incredible things to those super sore spots. I’m obsessed with it. Can you tell? Go check it out on Amazon! The foam roller basically allows you to massage your muscles without the help of others. There are even exercises you can do on a foam roller, but that is another post in itself.
I know it doesn’t look like much, but good things come in small boxes! If you’ve never used a foam roller, you might wonder why the heck you’re still reading the crazy lady’s post. I’m telling you, this thing will take your sore muscles and give you immediate relief.
Here’s another tidbit from my personal usage of the foam roller; I have migraines, and when I have one bad enough and I can feel it in the base of my neck, I lay on my back with the roller under my neck. (The scary one) I very gently turn my head to look over my left shoulder, hold for the stretch, then slowly turn and do the same thing on the other side. What it does for me is that it works out those knots that are in the base of my neck causing the migraine.
Don’t believe me that it truly is the dessert for your muscles? Grab one, check it out for yourself.
Pretty Easy right?
While there are other things that people swear by to get muscle soreness relief, these two are my favorite because not only do they work, they are natural. There’s nothing more natural than drinking water to flush toxins and to stretch and massage out those sore muscles.
I’ll admit, that I am not the best at stretching after my workouts and to give my muscles the dessert that they deserve. I get in too big of a hurry which is not a good thing! If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I have just posted a challenge for myself and if you want to join in, please do! The challenge is that I will stretch after each and every workout plus have specific stretching sessions on my off days. I will post them in my Instagram stories and we can keep each other accountable.
It’s all part of being a fitness community, we as women should build each other up!
So! That said, train hard, but rest hard as well. Your muscles and your body will thank you for it.
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