KIU, Main Campus – With many people self-isolating at home during the COVID-19 lockdown, exercising instantly became a priority activity.
However, doing exercises especially when you are not used to them can lead to muscle pain, which can at times be severe.
You, therefore, need to know how to relieve this pain in order to do away with the discomfort that it causes and also to enable you to exercise the next day.
Dr Erica Rauff, an Assistant
Professor of Kinesiology at Seattle University in Washington, USA, with over 10
years’ experience in kinesiology, shares some tips on relieving muscle pain
after working out.
Beginners and experienced athletes alike cab
experience muscle soreness during and after training. According to Dr Rauff,
here are some tips to ease the discomfort caused by exercise;
- Begin your session with a warm-up.
- Slowly increase your workout intensity, especially
if you are just starting out.
- Do some light stretching (of all muscle groups)
before, during, and after to relieve tension.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Jump in a warm shower or get a light massage
- Keep moving the next day, with a leisurely walk or
- However, if you feel fatigued or extremely sore,
consider limiting your activity or taking a full day off following intense
“A well-balanced diet is also key. Be sure to consume
sufficient amounts of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats no more
than an hour after exercising. A good night’s sleep further speeds up the
recovery process,” advises Dr Rauff.
“Lastly, keep in mind that muscle discomfort means
your body is adapting to the new activity, and should gradually lessen over
time,” she adds.
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