If you are anything like me, training can kick your butt. Feeling the burn for a day is a nice reminder of the calories you burned during a great workout; but much after a day, that feeling of muscle soreness can be just plain bothersome.
PUT A CHERRY ON TOP. Whirling cherry juice into your post-workout recovery drink may ease muscle soreness, according to a 2010 study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.
GRAB A CUP OF JOE. Studies show drinking coffee prior to a workout reduces muscles soreness and fatigue by nearly half.
ICE IT. “A hot bath will provide overall relaxation and mild pain relief, but icing actually prevents further muscle damage and speeds healing,” says Joseph Bosco, MD, a spokesman for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) who specializes in sports medicine.
BENGAY, THE NATURAL WAY. An herbal version of Bengay based on the arnica plant is just as effective as ibuprofen in easing pain, according to a 2007 study published in Rheumatology International.
MASSAGE THOSE MUSCLES. Deep tissue massage following exercise has been shown to increase blood flow to muscles and speed up the removal of inflammatory chemicals which produce soreness, says Dr. Bosco.
Check out the full article by Linda Melone, CSCS here, to learn more about these five cures.
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