A rigorous workout routine at the gym comes with a price that all has to pay- muscle soreness. Muscle soreness means either you have pushed yourself very hard or you are doing something that you haven’t done before.
Pain in the muscle is common after exercise or rigorous sports activity, but if your muscle remains sore every day, then you should worry about it.
It is essential to know that muscle soreness can happen to both adult and kids. Depending on the severity and cause of the soreness, the situation can cause mild to extreme discomfort.
Soreness of muscles normally gets healed on its own after a few days, but if it doesn’t, you can try some simple home remedies.
Epsom salt is rich in magnesium sulfate and is a natural ingredient to relax sore muscles. The magnesium withdraws the fluid out of the tissue which causes pain in the muscles. A cup of Epsom salt, when mixed in a warm tub of water, works like magic for the aching muscles. Soak the aching muscles in the water till it cools down. You can do this three times a week for relief.
People suffering from a heart problem, high blood pressure or diabetes should consult a doctor before trying this.
2. Apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is also recommended for sore muscles. You can either mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in water and consume it or can apply it directly to the affected area. Due to its anti-inflammatory and alkalising properties, apple cider vinegar helps to reduce muscle pain and inflammation.
3. Essential oilsFew essential oils are also helpful for muscle pain relief. You can try lemongrass, peppermint and marjoram essential oil for cramps. For tension marjoram, peppermint, lavender essential oils are the best. Add one or two drops of essential oils in a teaspoon of carrier oils such as coconut oil, olive oil and massage the affected area.
4. Cherry juiceTart cherry juice is packed with antioxidants that help to reduce muscle soreness. As per a study published in a British Journal of Sports Medicine tart cherry juice is effective to get relief from soreness. You can add this in your smoothie after a heavy work out day.
Keep yourself hydrated throughout your workout to avoid cramps. Keep a check on your posture during your workout.
Consult your doctor if the soreness continues for more than 4-5 days.
Disclaimer: Always consult your trusted medical professional in case of any problem.
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