Dealing with Sore Muscles

No matter what sort of exercise you do, you are bound to deal with sore muscles from time to time. Below are some ways to help you deal with those sore muscles, so you can keep moving.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is key to any workout. This is especially true if your workout makes you sweat a lot. Drink water throughout your workout and hydrate well after you finish. Proper hydration can decrease cramps and inflammation, both of which can make you feel sore. Many people will resort to sports drinks, but water is best.

Stretch

Stretching is an important part of any workout routine. In fact, studies show that stretching before and after a workout helps to relieve soreness. Show up to your Pilates session early to gently stretch. Keep it simple, though, so you don’t warm your muscles too much. After your session, try more intense stretches since your muscles are already warm.

Massages

A nice massage is a great way to relieve sore muscles. If you can afford to visit a massage therapist, massage your muscles yourself. You can use tennis balls to help you get really deep into your sore muscles.

Take a Bath in Epsom Salt

An Epsom salt bath provides wonderful relief for sore muscles. Epsom salt contains magnesium which is absorbed through your skin. Magnesium helps to flush out any build up of lactic acid which often occurs after working out. Muscle soreness is often caused by the excess lactic acid. If you don’t have Epsom salt at home, simply try a warm bath to help your muscles loosen up. After your bath, do some light stretching to work on the sore areas.

Don’t Stop Moving

When you are sore, it can be hard to keep moving, but it is a great thing for your body to do so. Even when you take a rest day, do something that will get your blood flowing, even if it’s a simple walk. Doing so will help you avoid soreness on the days you work out.