(Closed) Relief for sore muscles

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I remembered some ways you can massage your legs on your own without a roller:

1. For calves – sit on the floor on your butt with knees bent so your feet are flat on the floor. Slather the other leg’s calf with lotion and press your calf down onto your other bent knee. Move your leg around to find the sore and tight parts.

2. For hamstrings – use a tennis ball or some other sort of squishy ball to massage your muscles. Place the ball on the floor and sit on it. Roll it all around until you can’t stand it anymore. (You can massage your butt too, if you’re into that) Wink

Hopefully that makes sense, I tried to simplify as much as possible. My other suggestion is to trade your SO a massage!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with the Epsom salts bath.  And massage.  If your back is sore, my mom taught me a great way to use a tennis ball as a massage aid.  Take an old pair of nylons and put a tennis ball in them, then, stretch the nylons around your back and grab each end, press up against a wall and roll it all around in the sore spots.  It’s not as good as a true massage, but it helps!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The way to avoid muscle soreness altogether is to stretch a ton after you workout.  Lactic acid (that causes soreness) builds up in your muscle during the workout and the stretch afterward releases it.  I started Cross Fit and it’s pretty intense.  The first workout had me sidelined for two days.  When I was finished with the second work out I made sure to stretch for 15 minutes (think yoga) and while I could feel that my muscles were tired I was not sore or immobile.

I know that doesn’t help right now, but keep it in mind for your next workout. 🙂

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

HOT TUB!!!!!

I’ve been meaning to get in one since my run last week. I slowly move around so that the jets pummel every inch of my poor little (big) legs. I’ve also been known to pop an ibuprofen and then slather Bengay all over myself before bed. And I’ve been caught doing quad stretches frequently throughout the day at work, lol!

Stay away from cookies? Nah. They’re worth the pain!

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I just wanted to pop in and say that yes, lactic acid causes muscle soreness but that happens immediately after a cardio-type workout and is dispersed within an hour or two. DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) happens several hours later, up to 48-72 hours after exercise, and is more caused by weight training. This is because in order for muscles to build up strength, a certain amount of muscle fibers within the muscles become damaged and tear. There’s unfortunately no way around this if you want to build muscle strength. -Stepping off soapbox- Smile

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Lot’s of great ideas, Vitamin C will help flush the lactic acids outs faster.

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