Tips to combat muscle soreness and speed up recovery

Sore muscles are not typically felt immediately after a workout. Feeling tired is more common after a good run, gym session, or any physical exercise, while muscles soreness and tightness appear sometime between 12-48 hours after. This muscle pain is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS as referred to by professionals in the sports medicine industry. 

No matter what its called, muscle discomfort is annoying and gratifying. For most, the soreness psychologically helps us in knowing we had a good workout and achieved results from the time put in. No pain, no gain, right? So, while we love the gratification of the excellent work, the stubborn pain is not something we want to live with. What can you do to help prevent or deter muscle pain after workouts?

First, let’s explore why the body is producing pain and inflammation. 

When training, the muscles rub against each other, causing friction. The muscle experiences stress and fluid buildup. The body naturally responds with inflammation. When the muscle develops pain or DOMS, the tissue has been through a mild muscle strain that causes a microscopic tear(s) in the muscle. When it repairs, the muscle is stronger. There is no way around this in gaining muscle strength, no matter how long you have been training. The way the muscle has moved during your activity plays a role. DOMS are often experienced a day or two after exercises such as bicep curls or downhill running, due to the extension length and flexion of the muscle. 

 

How can you help prevent or take away the pain? 

Try Aloe or CBD Hemp Oil.

 

1. CBD Hemp Oil is the hottest thing on the market now. The oil downregulates the inflammatory process caused by the muscles rubbing against each other while training. 

Products athletes are raving about include:

Made with 500 mg of CBD per stick, this is acclaimed as a tremendous post-shower natural roll-on stick that is easy and mess-free to use. 

Runners love this creme packed made with natural plant extracts ginger and grapefruit. 

Massaging directly to the muscle also helps benefit recovery

 

2. Aloe Vera is a natural anti-inflammatory. While most think of aloe as an after-sun remedy, this plant offers many health benefits, including aiding in reducing inflammation. Inflammation is not a bad thing; it is the body’s natural response in healing. Aloe’s anti-oxidant properties help regulate an enzyme, cyclooxygenase-2, that speeds up inflammation in our muscle and joint tissue. By controlling, inflammation and pain can be reduced. 

Products athletes are raving about include:

  • Natural Aloe Leaf- 

Grow an aloe plant at home. Add approximately one cup to your daily protein smoothie for aloe benefits.

Topical muscle nutrition that is massaged into the muscle and made with natural plant extracts, including aloe. 

A no preservative juice that is 99% whole-leaf aloe. Drink alone or add to your daily smoothie.