Three nights of late bouldering sessions at the gym, and I feel like a zombie who's been hit by a truck. Sore muscles are never comfortable, but I wear them with a badge of honor knowing I pushed my body a little harder than usual. But days after I have gone a little (or a lot) overboard, relief is definitely in order. Here are my go-to ways of easing sore muscles after an intense workout.
- Whether it's a hot tub, steam or sauna room, or just a soak in my tub at home, a little heat always does wonders for sore muscles - I always feel less stiff and more relaxed. Applying heat to muscles reduces pain by increasing blood flow to the area, which helps the small muscle tears causing the pain heal faster.
- I find that after working out, lengthening overworked muscle fibers by stretching easing possible post-workout pain. Although, studies have found that stretching doesn't relieve the lingering pain of a hard fitness session, I feel it makes the new muscles fibers more elastic and