Soothe Sore Muscles and Relax Too
Exercise is an important part of your Metabolic weight loss routine, but it may occasionally leave you with a bit of muscle and joint soreness. Soreness is especially common if you’re just getting started with a workout routine. Don’t make the mistake of letting soreness sabotage your progress. With a few helpful tips, you can soothe those sore muscles and stay on track to meet your goals.
Tip #1 – Get Moving
Even though you probably feel like simply falling on the couch and resting, movement is actually one of the best ways to combat soreness. Stop moving and the muscles and ligaments may stiffen, making you feel worse. Researchers believe that the increased blood flow from moving helps to increase the speed of nutrient delivery to damaged muscles, increases range of motion, and improves tissue elasticity, and increase the drainage of chemicals and waste that cause muscle aches. Head out for a walk and you’ll probably notice a big improvement.
Tip #2 – Drink Plenty of Water
While muscles are partly made up of protein, they actually contain more water than anything. If you’re feeling sore after working out, drink plenty of water. This helps replenish fluids you’ve lost during exercise, which will speed up the healing process. Drinking more water will also help flush away extra lactic acid from the muscles and prevent cramps.
Tip #3 – Soak Those Muscles
Sometimes a nice soak in warm water can do wonders for those sore muscles, joints, and ligaments. Warm water boosts blood flow and relaxes your tissues. Adding Epsom salts to the water improves the results, since Epsom salts break down into sulfate and magnesium, which your skin can absorb, offering you some extra relief.
If you’ve followed all these tips and you’re still feeling too sore to workout, just try slowly easing back into your exercise routine. You can lower the weight, do fewer exercises, or go shorter distances to give your body a break. It will be a bit easier on your body, but it will ensure you don’t lose any ground on your way to a healthier, fitter body.
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