It is quite common to feel sore after a good cardio or resistance training workout. With cardio you might feel sore right after you work out. When strength training, or doing core work, you are likely to feel sore the next day.
What can you do to ease the discomfort and recover more quickly? Here are 3 suggestions for natural recovery remedies.
Magnesium really gets deep into muscle tissue to help with recovery. There are 3 different ways to benefit from magnesium.
- Magnesium oil can be rubbed deep into muscle tissue right at the heart of the soreness. You can find this oil online. It is a slightly salty and dry when working with it, is the best way to describe it. A suggestion would be to add several drops to a carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond to make it easier to massage into muscles.
- Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate and sodium. Soaking in a tub of warm water with a cup or two of Epsom salts for 20 minutes is an excellent way to get magnesium deep into your tissues. It is also extremely relaxing.
- Oral magnesium supplements support muscle and heart health from the inside. If taken before bedtime you will also benefit from restful sleep.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is great for sore and cramped muscles. ACV has electrolytes, such as potassium, that help restore the balance of your body especially if you have been losing fluids during exercise. A really tasty way to take ACV is to make a tea with hot water, 2 teaspoons of vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. Honey also helps to restore electrolyte balance.
You can also add ACV to your bath for soothing sore muscles.
When shopping for ACV, look for the raw, unfiltered kind. It will say “with mother”. The mother is the cloudy stuff that sinks to the bottom. It is loaded with live probiotic cultures.
You may not feel like moving when your muscles are sore. There is some good wisdom in the saying that healing occurs in the presence of movement. Before every workout you should be warming up with stretches and gentle movements. After each workout you need to cool down and stretch again.
If you have ever watched a trained runner preparing for a race, you may notice that he or she will do a few quick sprints to raise heart rate and body heat to warm the muscles. They will also stretch. After a race, you might notice that a runner will walk rather than simply collapsing in a heap on the ground. This movement helps the muscles to relax rather than seize up. Movement is a great way to prevent or relieve muscle soreness.
Whether you are an elite athlete, a 30 minutes a day exerciser, or a weekend warrior, you will eventually experience sore muscles. The tips here may help you to prevent extreme soreness or even injury and help you recover faster with less pain. No matter what, keep moving.