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Do you have sore muscles?

We all know how muscles feel sore after exercising, especially after a tough workout. The good news is that this pain is a sign that your body is repairing itself, making new and stronger muscles.

When you exercise, small tears occur in the muscle fibres. The good ol’ saying of “ No pain, No Gain” is somewhat true but the pain should not be ongoing. These tears trigger a process called inflammatory response which ultimately leads to growth and repair of the muscles.

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There are some effective ways to help with muscle soreness,

1. Cold therapy can relieve pain in muscles and joints by reducing swelling and nerve activity. You can apply cold using an ice pack or bag of frozen peas.

If you’re game you can try an ice bath or plunge. This immediate cold treatment simulates the blood flow and helps with the repair process of your muscles. Try and hold the cold dip for a few minutes or challenge yourself longer each time. (Teaching your brain new tricks).

2. Foam rollers are great for improving muscle recovery and mobility. They can help release tension in muscles, which is caused by working out and exercising.

When your muscles are tense they can restrict your movement and cause you to be sore after exercise. Foam rolling helps to move the fluids that accumulate in the muscle after exercise.

3. Walk it out. Often when we have sore muscles it’s easy to not want to move and just rest, but this actually makes our muscles stiff and the soreness can last longer.

Walking while your muscles are sore sounds painful, but it helps with recovery.

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Have you tried foam rolling?

It’s such a great way to release your muscles, induce inflammation, and increase your range of motion, flexibility, and boost your circulation.

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