Post # 1
Its strange, I’m torn between being addicted to the gym and hating it more and more each day. But, with the wedding approaching, I’m compelled to quit my job and live there… I kid, I kid! But I have been working out pretty intensely lately. Not like 4 hours a day, but I’ll do about an hour of cardio and some weights. So now more than ever my knees hurt, my ankle hurts, my back is tight. All issues I’ve had in the past, just on separate occasions. Its all hereditary so its not that I’m just not using good form, I’m always conscious of that.
My question- is there any supplement or aspirin I can take before I work out? To make the pain stop? Just curious. Thanks!
Post # 3
Are you stretching before and after your workouts?
Also, elevate and ice your knees at night. It works wonders for me, and was recommended by my knee doctor.
Post # 4
Sometimes you need to rest between workouts to give your body time to recover. Throw in a rest day and see how you feel. Good luck!
Post # 5
Sometimes after an intense workout I take an advil to help reduce any inflammation. I’ve heard that taking something beforehand can backfire, though.
One other thing that I’ve heard works for muscle pain (not sure about joint pain) is to have a glass of chocolate milk after your workout. I don’t remember why it’s good, but any excuse to have something chocolatey works for me!
Post # 6
I’m not sure about a supplement- but do you do the same form of cardio every day? Maybe if you biked one day, ran the next, did the elliptical the next, etc. it would take the strain off your joints by working them in different ways, rather than using them in the same way over and over until they wear down.
Also, I don’t know if you’re trying to lose weight or just enjoy going to the gym, but if you are losing weight, you may want to pick a date that will be you “end date”. For example, since my wedding is July 31, I’ve decided that whatever weight I am on July 1 is what I will stick with through the wedding. I don’t want to cause any last minute alterations drama, so I’m going to pull it all back during the month of July and just work on maintaining, rather than losing.
Whatever you do, don’t over due it the week/days before your wedding. You don’t want to be too achey to dance and enjoy the day!
Post # 7
I have a spinal fusion, and I’m really active with rock climbing and running. I’m prescribed muscle relaxers to take as needed to help with my pain. I also stretch, but there’s some times that it’s just the nature of the beast.
Post # 8
@hotchildinthecity- I do stretch but I’ll admit maybe I’m not stretching enough. Icing my knees might work really well! I’m so resistant to acknowledging that I have ailments that I literally know nothing about remedies.
@goldilocks1107- I’m gonna try that! Only because I love chocolate milk. My mother is a nutritionist and she mentioned that to me awhile ago, can’t remember why either. Maybe I should start to listen to her more often! I just won’t ask her about my pains because she’s also the type to tell me to rush to the doctor and run every single test, seriously.
@greenleafmountain- yes, you’re right. I’ve come up with an end date of May 29th, since that’s my second fitting, I don’t want any alteration drama either. I’m really not trying to lose massive amounts of weight, I just want to be healthy, ya know? So when I ease back a bit, I’m sure things will feel less tense.
Post # 9
I can tell you the chocolate milk is to provide a carbohydrate and protein mixture to help muscles recover after a works out. It can be milk, soy milk, chocolate, plain etc. It provides a carb-protein ration of 3:1 which is ideal for post workout recovery. You can also do protein drinks as well. Stretching will help a little but for delayed onset muscle pain (the pain you have long after your worksouts) ice, advil and rest are your best friends.
Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 10
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. When our weddings are getting down to the wire, we’ll be more stressed so between the stress you’re dealing with and your work outs you’re going to feel more tired and sore than usual. Make sure you’re drinking enough water as well. Muscle soreness is most often due to a build up of lactic acid in the muscle fibers from working out. It’s the waste product of your muscles using all the energy. Stretching and water are the best things I can suggest. I went to school to be an athletic trainer, so I practice it daily. It makes all the difference!
Post # 12
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Do you give yourself any rest days? Muscles need a little bit of time to rebuild, so maybe if you alternated your weights to have leg days and arm days, you’d feel less sore? I would also take some form of ib profen if you’re feeling soreness the next day.
The chocolate milk sounds yum, I want to try that 🙂
Post # 13
@arikkalynn- good point! I’ve been sleeping well so far, but its something that may end up being a problem soon huh? I am really good about drinking water, I usually drink a lil more than 64 ounces actually. I think I should start to stretch more than I have been!
@ribbons- I do give myself rest days, but its usually the weekends because I can’t fit a work out in anyway. I always feel much more rested then! So I’m only working out Monday-Friday. You think I should spread out my off days?
Post # 14
Ice, ibuprofen, sports cream (like Bengay, but less stinky) or Tiger Balm. Rest days, definitely (doesn’t help to overdo) and hot baths with Epsom Salts (v. good for soothing sore muscles). Good luck! Also, there are “recovery drinks” (Shaklee Physique is an example) that are NOT full of carbs and sugar, but contain a protein/carb/nutrient balance and are supposed to help minimize pain after workouts.
Post # 15
@jadeblue- awesome stuff! I’m gonna try all of that. On top of everything else everyone has suggested, I should be good to go! Thanks 🙂