As it goes without saying, working out brings along aches and pains. Especially if youâ€™re a plus size lady like myself. While I have been active for some time now, I still get the aches and pains. Especially if I start doing a new workout or Iâ€™m pushing myself.
Over the past two weeks Iâ€™ve started running. Iâ€™m up to 2 miles a day, but this is something that is entirely new. While I did cardio before, it was also easy peasy and on a machine. The only machine I have now are my own legs and body. I didnâ€™t realize how much I relied on those machines for momentum. I wasnâ€™t really using my legs and other muscles as much as I thought.
My wonderful husband has also started building a home gym. Which means Iâ€™m back to using the weights and hitting the punching bag. Iâ€™m hitting ALL KINDS OF MUSCLES!
Iâ€™m achy. Iâ€™m sore. EVERYTHING HURTS!
Especially my poor calf muscles. Theyâ€™ve been hurting so, so, so bad.
Hereâ€™s my home remedies to help relieve those pains. (This is what I do for myself. Iâ€™m not a doctor. Iâ€™m not a personal trainer. This is what Iâ€™ve found works out pretty well.)
- Ice. The cold helps to numb those sore muscles. It also helps keep down inflammation and swelling.
- Heat. I LOVE MY HEATING PAD!!! When Iâ€™m laying in bed, falling asleep I turn it on and lay on it. It helps to loosen up the muscles in my back and is very soothing.
- Tylenol. Yup, good olâ€™ Tylenol really helps with the pain from a sore muscle. Itâ€™s a pain reliever and an anti inflammatory.
- Massage. Sometimes, even if it hurts, you need to rub it out. A good massage after a hard workout improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness.
- Hot tub! The jets in a hot tub mixed with the heat of the water are great for loosening up those tight muscles.
- Epsom salt. Everyone has a bag of this stuff laying around. Itâ€™s like a mandatory house necessity that you never use. I have a bag in my hall closet. Why is it great? Epsom salt is made up of magnesium sulfate, which is a natural muscle relaxant. It also helps to reduce swelling by drawing excess fluids out of muscle and joint tissue.
- Icy Hot. It smells terrible but itâ€™s amazing. I love using it after my showers. My muscles are already loosening up and the added benefit of the icy hot helps to loosen everything up even more.
Those are a few things that Iâ€™ve found help me out. Iâ€™m going to have try a few when I get home because my legs are hurting!