Putting a stop to post-workout pain

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By: Ivanhoe Newswire
March 13, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Delayed-onset muscle soreness is the pain you feel after a new or more difficult workout. While it is typically not serious, it can put a dent in your exercise plan.

Do you want to walk away from your workout without pain? Have a cup of coffee first. A study by the University of Georgia found that pre-workout caffeine consumption reduced fatigue and muscle soreness.

Another suggestion is to eat cherries. Researchers from England studied marathoners who drank tart cherry juice and found that they had better muscle recovery and function.

Experts also say to keep moving after a rigorous workout.

“It can definitely be just going for a walk, getting on a bike, going for a swim. Keep your body moving so you don’t have a chance to get stiff, or have some of the metabolites or toxins that build up during a workout settle,” Liz Yerly told Ivanhoe.

One unusual method used by NFL players includes cupping: which uses suction to increase blood flow to certain parts of the body. Many athletes also use massages, which you can do right at home.

Yerly said, “Certain recovery tools are really easy to have so foam rollers or lacrosse balls; some every day products you can use to do your own self-massage.”

If you’re looking to take it easy, add one or two boxes of Epsom salt to a warm bath. This will help your skin absorb magnesium and relax your muscles.

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