Ever opt out of washing your hair, because your chest, back, and arms are too sore to lift? Or walk like a zombie, because you lunged, curled, and squatted every single muscle in your legs a day or two before? If your answer is yes, you are not alone!
DOMS, Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness, and I are currently engaging in a bittersweet love affair. If I wake up to find no DOMS, I wonder where he is? I thought last night for sure I’d be waking up to him, but now he’s no where to be found. Or on other mornings, I think, Oh God. There he is, DOMS. Again! Why can’t he just leave me alone? Now I can’t get out of bed because of him!
Muscle soreness is something we will all encounter from time to time, especially when training. Over the past few weeks, I’ve discovered a few helpful ways to relieve muscle soreness. Give em a shot; they might just work for you!
– Stretching: it definitely feels good and leads to temporary relief. Try to stretch muscles directly after working them out.
– Foam rolling: This may be painful, but it’s a poor man’s massage. (Don’t know how to use a foam roller? No problem. Youtube videos to see how to properly roll out all of those sore muscles.)
– Epsom Salt Bath: This really feels amazing after a hard workout! Epsom salt baths are known to relieve muscle pain and inflammation.
– Cardio: a brisk walk on a slight incline the day after a leg workout actually helps warm up and loosen those muscles.
…but always remember: no pain, no gain!