Muscles feeling extra sore? Here may be some reasons why ..
We’re living in a world that wants results … yesterday. We’re impatient. We want things bigger, better and faster. Bigger muscles, better performance, faster weight loss.
So we push ourselves harder. At some point, depending on your body, you’re going to be sore. But how sore is too sore?
There’s the ‘good’ pain .. feeling soreness in a muscle that we haven’t felt before. This is a good indication that you could challenged your body. Then there is the ‘bad’ pain .. feeling so sore that you’re recovery takes more than three days, it is hard for you to move that specific muscle or getting out of bed. This is an indication that you pushed your body too far. This is the pain we want to avoid.
So what are some common reasons we feel the ‘bad’ soreness?
- Working too hard. No matter what your goal is in the gym, it is going to involve an increase in weight, reps, sets or time. The best way to prevent major soreness is to increase gradually. If you are used to doing deadlifts at 100 # don’t increase your weight by 50#. Take is low adding on 10 – 15# at a time.
- Jumping right into your workout. Our muscles need time to warm up. This can be anything from jumping stretching and jumping jacks to a light jog.
- Not cooling down. Your muscles need times to cool down and eliminate waste products generated during your workout. After a killer squat session, end with some walking lunges before calling it a day.
- Hydration. If you’re sweating during your workout, you have a greater chance of becoming dehydrated. This can slow the delivery of nutrients to your muscles, which in turn can cause muscles soreness. Drink up!
- Proper nutrition. Your body needs proper fuel in order to safely and effectively get through your workouts as well as repair your muscles after.
- Deep Sleep. Deep sleep is a great place for muscles growth and recovery.
If you’re experiencing severe muscles soreness, try some of these remedies to help relax and heal your muscles.
- Doterra Deep Blue essential oil rub
- A hot bath with epsom salt and lavender oil
- Magnesium supplement
- 1 tbsp. AVC with a glass of water
- Coconut oil
- Movement – talk a walk!