How to Soothe Aching Muscles
It’s that time of year where people start considering their past New Year’s resolutions, or are thinking about the year ahead, and decide to start exercising again. Doing a strenuous workout or going for a light jog can leave you sore if you are not properly prepared to fight muscle pain. Being active is important no matter what time of year it is, and we want to help you make the recovery process of getting into shape easier. Here is a list of things you can do to relieve muscle pain.
1.Drink tart cherry juice
Drinking cherry juice before or after a workout can help relieve muscle pain. Tart cherries are full of anthocyanins, which is an antioxidant that decreases inflammation. (Fetters)
2.Use a foam roller
Foam rollers can target and stretch areas of the body that are hurting. It can be beneficial to use a foam roller between workouts or when you are done working out. It’s a good idea to massage all your muscles and to spend more time focusing on the areas that hurt in order to prevent muscle pain in the future. (Wahlgren)
A small amount of caffeine, about 2 cups, is enough to reduce muscle pain. You should drink caffeine before a tough workout rather than after and don’t drink too much. Too much caffeine will leave you dehydrated, which makes it difficult to exercise and worsens muscle soreness (Fetters).
Stretching before and after each workout will help loosen tight muscles, improve your ability to move, and may help you recover from muscle pain quicker. You may choose to only stretch briefly but you should take the time to stretch the muscles that you will be using most during your workout and areas that have become sore in the past (Wahlgren).
5.Use a Kozi wrap
Our luxurious wraps provide comfort and soothe aching muscles. We have a variety of wraps that are shaped to fit on certain parts of the body and target pain in those areas. Our Lower Back wrap reduces pain in the lower back while our Comfort Pac is a multi-purpose wrap that can target pain in many different places.
Fetters, K. Aleisha. “5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Muscle Soreness.” Daily Burn, http://dailyburn.com/life/fitness/reduce-muscle-soreness-methods/?partner=nbc&ldate=021318&grp=synd&crtv=musclesoreness&utm_source=nbc&utm_campaign=synd&utm_content=musclesoreness. Accessed 7 Dec. 2018.
Wahlgren, Kara. “Recovery Done Right: 8 Ways to Relieve Sore Muscles.” OpenFit, https://www.openfit.com/recovery-done-right-8-ways-prevent-muscle-soreness. Accessed 7 Dec. 2018.