Surprising Relief for Sore Muscles

Surprising Relief for Sore Muscles

Most of choose to rest our tired muscles, soak in a bath of epsom salts, or book a massage if we’re feeling really fancy. But it turns out there is a surprising and effective way to relieve sore muscles that I never expected. Keep reading for the full details!

To live a healthy lifestyle, exercise can’t be enough. For tips on eating healthy too, check out these articles: 5 Superfoods to Eat NowAre The Latest Diets Really That Healthy? 3 Tummy-Slimming Snacks, and Citrus Ceviche

After Jen’s recent article on Hula Hooping as a workout, I thought I’d look into recovering after a tough workout. A recent study reveals that heading to the local spa may not be as beneficial as we though. 

It turns out the best way to allow our sore muscles to recuperate is to head back to the gym and do a little bit more exercise. In a March 2013 study, women exercised their shoulders until they were sore. After two days, they came back to the lab and got a 10-minute massage on one shoulder and did a 10-minute workout on the other shoulder. 

The results? Both activities reduced muscle soreness temporarily. Our friend Dr. Janet Brill, Ph.D, stresses the fact that there is no “miraculous pain reliever.” Plus, muscle soreness is totally normal after a workout; it’s just our muscles recovering after they’ve been used. 

Basically, the results mean that we don’t necessarily have to spend our money on expensive massages and pain patches. We just have to go back and hit the gym for a little while longer. Although this isn’t what we envision after a tough workout, it works just as well and is certainly a lot less expensive. 

It’s important to note that if you’re in pain beyond the usual soreness, you should go see your doctor.

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