Thursday, December 04, 2008

Are Sore Muscles Cramping Your Style?

Here are some quick fixes to get you working out pain free:

  • Stay hydrated- this will flush muscles of any lactic acid buildup (the root cause of evil soreness).
  • Stretch, stretch, stretch. Then stretch some more. Short on time? Start your workout with an easy 5-minute routine.
  • Go bananas- potassium helps balance the body's fluids and heal muscles more quickly (bonus: the carbs keep you fueled).
  • Give it the cold shower- taking an arctic dip immediately after a workout will help decrease muscular inflammation.
  • Don't be afraid to work it- a low intensity, light cardio workout for 20 to 40 minutes will get blood flowing, which combats soreness.