How To Relieve Sore Muscles

If you exercise regularly, eventually your muscles will get sore. It’s a sign that you’ve pushed them to the point they need to repair and recover. 

There’s nothing wrong with muscle soreness, but it can get a little frustrating, particularly when it’s painful or getting in the way of living your life. 

In this post, we take a look at some of the ways to relieve sore muscles. Check them out below. 

Stretch Gently

When muscles are sore, you don’t want to push them too hard. Remember, they are in a weakened state and require time for rest and repair. 

Try stretching them gently in either a yin yoga class or just following specific stretches online. Focus on opening up the muscle and reducing tightness. Use stretching as a way to improve blood flow and keep the tissue healthy. 

Use Ice

Ice is another great tool you can use to reduce soreness. It turns out that reducing heat in parts of the body soothes inflammation which, in turn, reduces pain. 

Just be careful not to apply too much ice as it can sometimes interfere with the adaptation process. 

Use A Patch

If you go to your local medical store, you’ll find a variety of patches, all claiming to offer relief for sore muscles. Among these, CBD patches are most effective. They actually adjust the regulation of the nerves responsible for causing pain, leading to rapid and effective relief. 

Take A Warm Bath

Just like applying ice, taking a warm bath or shower can also improve blood flow to your muscles. The warmth encourages the peripheral blood vessels to open up and allow more blood to travel around. 

Allow Yourself More Rest

Waiting 48 hours between gym sessions may not provide adequate rest for your muscles. In many cases, you’ll need longer than this. 

Don’t be afraid to wait 96 hours before training a muscle group again. If you’ve really worked the fibers, it may take them this long to recover from the exertion. Some athletes only train body parts once per week because of the intensity of their workouts. 

Use Good Technique

You may have sore muscles because you’re using the wrong technique. If you try to jerk the weights or move them in a nonstandard way, then you will put yourself at increased risk of soreness and injury. 

Try using good form. Don’t use improper techniques. If you’re not sure what you should be doing, ask an instructor to guide you. 

Stay Within Your Limits

Don’t try to push yourself extremely hard each time you hit the gym. Instead, focus on staying within your limits. It’s okay to have one break-out session per week. But if you try to go for more than that, you’ll exhaust your body and it won’t be able to adapt (particularly if you are like most people). 

Staying within your limits means being kind to yourself. Remember, you have a lifetime during which to train your muscles and get fit. It doesn’t all have to happen overnight. 

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