The Secret to Stopping Sore Muscles

One of the most common New Year's Resolutions for folks every year is "I want to work out more." And it's a great goal. Everyone knows that working out is healthy for us. So why don't we do it more often?

A big reason for me is the sore muscles. Once I finish a good workout, I can barely move. My muscles feel sore and worn, and it's hard to want to do that every day. Maybe you feel the same way.

That's why I've found a list of 7 easy ways to soothe sore muscles after a workout. Let me know in the comments below if you've tried any of these yourself.

Stretch, stretch, stretch

Let's start with an obvious one: stretching. We all know to stretch before a workout. It helps loosen muscles and reduce soreness. Most people recommend a 15-minute stretch before your workout.

But did you know you're supposed to stretch after your workout as well? It's true. This is the "cool down" phase. You should spend as much time stretching after you workout as you did before.

Watch what you eat

Step #2 is less obvious. It's all centered around a balanced diet. Turns out what you eat regularly and right after a workout helps your muscles stay loose. Things like healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates are important to have in your body before you start. And if you need a snack post-workout? Go with something hydrating like a pickle. It's hydrating and contains some salt to replenish your body.

Take a break once in a while

This one is important for all of us who think we're still in our 20s. Our bodies need a break every once in a while. If we're always "go, go, go," then we'll wear our muscles out.

You could build an every-other-day routine. For example, maybe you workout every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That way, your muscles have time to rest & recuperate for a bit.

And if you're determined to work out every day, try switching up which muscles you work out every day. For example, you could focus on your legs on Tuesday and Thursday, while working out your arms on the other days. Like a lot of things in life, it's about balancing & spreading out the work.

Roll & Release Mini Massage Peanut

Last but certainly not least, you could try a massage peanut. Patriot Health Alliance offers one called the Roll & Release Mini Massage Peanut. And to be honest? This is my favorite way to reduce sore muscles. These massage tools are unique thanks to their "weird" peanut shape. It's designed to dig into those hard-to-reach muscles that you can never seem to get.

The secret is the lactic acid buildup in your body. You see, lactic acid builds up in our muscles when our bodies turn carbs into energy. Especially when our oxygen levels get low — like during exercise.

But it also causes that sore muscle feeling you get after a workout. That's where this massage peanut comes in. It uses the dual-ball shape to work out the lactic acid buildup. So you feel refreshed & ready, even during the morning after you exercise.
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