Post-workout pain and soreness can be such a bittersweet experience. Aching from head to toe after exercising will give you the assurance that you have hit all the right muscles for that fit body you're aiming for. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Below are some things that you can do to relieve post-workout pain.
1. STRETCH - This is the simplest thing that you can do to relieve muscle soreness. Stretching after a workout assures you that your muscles will not become stiff after strenuous use as they should be flexible after all their work.
2. ICE IT DOWN - Inflammation is one of the many reasons why our muscles hurt after exercising. Just like how you put ice on a sprained ankle to relieve the heat, you can definitely put ice on the muscles that feel inflamed.
3. MASSAGE - One massage that's quite effective is myofascial release; that slow, gentle but sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissues. You can do this with a foam roller on a mat or with our Muscle Roller Stick. With our roller stick however, it is much better and easier to massage specific muscle groups such as the neck, inner thigh muscles, shin muscles, arms or muscles underneath the foot that can be difficult to do with the foam roller.
4. HEAT IT UP - This sounds counter-intuitive with the ice tip but generally, you can apply mild heat after it has cooled down and not while it's still inflamed. Typical time to apply heat would be the day after. You'll find it relaxes your muscles and heat ensures blood circulation. You can try relaxing in a hot tub or Jacuzzi.
5. ACTIVE RECOVERY - Doing very mild exercises such as walking around the neighborhood or a stretching routine will keep your blood pumping and flowing in your muscles. It also makes sure that your muscles are stiff for regular movements. Circulation really promotes healing but you have to make sure you don't overdo it! You can exert around 50% of your max effort for an active recovery.
6. TAKE A PAINKILLER - You should consider this if and only if the above do not work for you, or if you can't handle the pain anymore even when doing mild activities. Studies have shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen has some nasty side effects and can actually accelerate muscle breakdown.