What do you do when you are SO SORE??

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
643 posts
Busy bee

For muscle soreness, I’d recommend taking an ibuprofen (or two), applying heat where you are most sore (or try a hot shower/bath), and using tiger balm. 

If you have a hot tub, that also gets my vote!

Post # 3
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Oh no! Unfortunately, not much helps DOMS besides time. I always make myself go for an easy run when I’m really sore because that definitely helps, but I don’t usually feel better until the next day. 

I wouldn’t normally recommend painkillers because they don’t actually help with the soreness, but pop 800mg of ibuprofen right now. It will at least help you get through the class!

Also, make sure you hydrate and get a good dose of protein after the class. That will help your muscles heal. 

Post # 4
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

FutureMrsT1221:  Go to class early, walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes and then stretch. Then go super light on weights in class–like half the weight that you normally do.


Go home and chug at least half a gallon of water with 2 advil and a hot shower.  Stretch again and nap if you can. You’ll feel better. I ppromise.  I’ve been there.

In tthe future,  eat a big meal with protein and fat after a hard workout. It really helps.

Post # 5
1248 posts
Bumble bee

ewww that sucks!! i feel your pain!! A lot of people say working out helps with their soreness. I’ve learned it only makes things worse for me. Maybe try talking to your teacher & ask if you can take it easy. Participate, but dont hurt yourself!

Post # 6
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Even though it probably sounds like hell, moving will actually help.  Get on a treadmill and walk slowly, and you’ll be surprised at how much you loosen up.  I’m sorry, I know how much it sucks to be so sore!  Just take comfort in knowing that it means your body is making changes!

Post # 7
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


FutureMrsT1221:  OMG I’m on day 3 of sever DOMS and it’s FINALLY getting better!  The only thing that helped besides time is hot, hot shower, advil and stretching.  Stretching in the shower worked, too.

I got up in the middle of the night the other day to pee and I swear to God, I thought I was paralyzed…

Maybe your instructor will appreciate the fact that you had a training session outside of class and will modify what you have to do.  Doesn’t hurt to ask, and an injury is an injury.  You have to treat it. 

PS they say bananas are good for DOMS, but I never tried b/c I HATE bananas! 

Post # 8
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


FutureMrsT1221:  make sure you get up and walk around every now and then.  you don’t want to be sitting too long and let the muscles get stiff.  also, you should do some light cardio today to work out some of that lactic acid. 

Post # 10
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Live through the pain. LOL. Really nothing makes it go away, but ROLL it out, after your workout, and during any off time you might have (BTW rolling sore muscles hurts like a bitch, but it also feels oddly wonderful). Your trainer should be able to give you some tips on how to roll out muscles. 

The bad news is this will continue to happen if you push yourself hard. The good news, you’ll get less sore, and recover faster as long as you keep it up. Keep training!

Post # 11
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

FutureMrsT1221:  Getting a foam roller and rolling your muscles out will help you so much. It hurts so good haha. You can find one at Target or Dick’s or places like that for about $40. I also use a lacrosse ball to roll out smaller areas like my pecs, shoulders, and glutes. 

Post # 12
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FutureMrsT1221:  Glad you stuck it out! I find that the best thing I can do when I’m really sore is work out.


Lay off the dairy (it feeds the lactic acid in the muscles which is what makes them feel sore)

Foam roll or stretch

Light jog

Lifting weights! There are times when I can barely walk, but once I do some weighted squats and lunges, the soreness starts to dissipate because those moves force lactic acid out of the muscles.

Think about it this way, you do a difficult workout and your muscles fill with lactic acid as the muscles repair. If you don’t do any physical activity, the lactic acid just sits there and you feel sore. If you do a light jog, the muscles get warm and loose. Then you do strength workouts to really squeeze those muscles and the lactic acid is wrung out like a dishcloth. It’s so counterintuitive because light activity hurts so much, but really intensely focusing on those sore muscle groups squeezes out the lactic acid and makes it easier to move around afterwards.

Post # 13
3199 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


FutureMrsT1221:  you need to drink tons of water! muscle soreness is brought on by a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles. drinking water will help to flush it out. obviously, you can also take ibuprofen and use icy hot – but water is the most important!! we are all supposed to take in at least 68 ounces a day, but when your muscles are sore i would drink much more than that.

Post # 14
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If I were you, I’d take a hot shower, get to class early, and spend like 20-30 minutes stretching out with some simple yoga poses. Eek. Be careful in class too! You don’t want to injure yourself. 

Post # 15
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

FutureMrsT1221:  DOMS really only goes away with time but I know exactly how you’re feeling. Going up the steps was laughable and I felt as it I was walking around like I had a stick up my @ss. <br /><br />Try drinking a lot of water. Also, try an Epsom salt bath. Those always seem to help sore muscles. What’s important is to keep moving. I learned that the hard way. Walk and stretch when you can.

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