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5 Ways to Reduce Muscle Soreness

Muscle soreness is a one of the less pleasant side effects of new or intense exercise. It can also be referred to as delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, and can range from barely noticeable to extremely painful depending on the intensity of your workout.

Muscle soreness can be uncomfortable. Read this post to ease your discomfort with one or more of our top five tips:

 

1. Hydrate

Staying hydrated is an important aspect of muscle recovery. Water helps control your body temperature, loosen your joints and aids in easing inflammation by ensuring fluids run through your system. It flushes out waste and delivers the nutrients your muscles need!

For the best recovery, you should aim to drink at least 2 litres of water.

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2. Gentle Stretching

If your muscles are sore and in need of some TLC, you can give in to them in the form of stretching! This is a great way to move your body on rest days. Stretching also circulates blood away from your muscles and back to your heart to aid in recovery.

In addition to stretching, why not try foam rolling. By applying pressure on muscles, tendons and ligaments, this method loosens tight tissue and improves blood flow. Foam rolling, as well as other types of massage, increase circulation to deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the affected area, which helps reduce swelling and tenderness.

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3. Diet

Feeding your muscles the nutrients they need is an important element in muscle repair. Not only will you speed up recovery, but your muscles will also grow back stronger. Having nutritious meals throughout the day and ensuring your daily protein intake is consistent ensures your tissues are well fed.

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4. Sleep

Sleep is important for several reason but is also a crucial factor when it comes to physical recovery, especially when exercising.

You should aim for at least seven hours of sleep when exercising regularly to ensure optimal recovery.

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5. Massage

Handheld massagers can be the answer to all your muscle aching problems!

The Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Massager is designed with a long and slim line handle for easy handling and helps you to target those difficult and hard to reach areas on the back. With four different attachment heads and variable intensity, you can really target muscle groups with what they need.

if you’re looking for a way to treat yourself, this Wahl Deep Tissue Percussion Massager is it!

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