No pain, no gain! Running down your fitness goals full throttle can make you feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck. Usually popping a couple of ibuprofen will do the trick. While other post-workout pain requires some extra TLC. Treating your body like a well-oiled machine, both before and after hitting the gym, is the secret to sticking to your routine. It’s important to eat clean, stretch and schedule regular massages. A good massage therapist can breakup of the lactic acid, improve circulation and decrease inflammation. And you have to admit; it's pretty damn relaxing. But when you can't get serviced try these DIY remedies to speed muscle recovery.
Epson Salt Bath
Why it works: Epson salt is a form of magnesium. And soaking in a hot tub with Epson salt allows your body to absorb the benefits through your skin. Add one or two cups of the no-frills stuff from the carton and relax for 15 minutes. Once diluted, the Epson salt will ease muscle soreness, help you sleep and balance your electrolytes. Shower and rinse off when finished so that your body doesn’t reabsorb the toxins. It’s a cheap and effective way to keep painful inflammation down.
Why it works: Let's face it, getting a deep-tissue massage after every workout is probably not in the cards for most of us. Consider foam rolling a DIY alternative. Rollers like this TriggerPoint GRID 2.0 version is designed with a three-dimensional surface to loosen those knots while improving the flow of blood and oxygen to the area. Don't pull a hammy! With a little self-massage, you can speed muscle recovery and protect yourself from future injuries.
Why it works: Consider this the modern day version of the ice bath only colder. You stand in a freezing cold tank wearing just a pair of shorts or your bathing suit. Once inside the sub-zero temperature can go below a frosty -200 degrees. Brrr. Hang in there between 2-4 minutes and bam! Your inflammation goes down, metabolism speeds up, and immune system improves. You won’t get frostbite, but you can expect some temporary shrinkage.
Why it works: There’s a reason just about every gym has one. Taking a steam relaxes stiff joints and sore muscles. But it also boosts your immune system. Raising your body temperature cooks out the junk that can make you sick. Stay healthy and keep your workouts on track. Taking a quick schvitz is also really good for your skin. Shave right after you hit the steam room while your pores are open for a super smooth mug.
Why it works: Picture Bengay, Mineral Ice, and Icy Hot coming together to form one super muscle soothing salve. Use this balm before and after workouts to ease soreness and bring down gym induced aches and pains. Real Dragon’s Blood (it’s from a plant) Willowherb and Menthol make up this tri-hard trio that will help speed muscle recovery and boots gains.