Posted: 2 weeks ago

Train with Tish… our resident fitness expert Patrycja Lafferty’s tips on how best to ease muscle soreness

What do I do to help muscle soreness?

First off, let me tell you that muscle soreness is totally normal, especially if you’ve been hitting the gym hard or trying out a new workout. But don’t worry, there are some things you can do to help ease the pain and get back to feeling good.

One thing you can do is to stretch it out. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking “ugh, more stretching?” But seriously, taking some time to stretch your muscles can really help to relieve some of that soreness. Focus on the areas that are feeling the most tight and give them some extra attention.

Another thing you can do is to apply some heat. Whether it’s a warm shower, a heating pad, or even a hot water bottle, the heat can help to increase blood flow to your muscles, which can help to relieve some of the soreness.

If you’re feeling up for it, a light workout can also help to alleviate muscle soreness. I’m not talking about hitting the gym for another intense session, but rather some light cardio, like walking or gentle yoga, can help to get your blood flowing and loosen up those tight muscles.

And, of course, don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat well. Drinking plenty of water and eating foods that are high in protein and anti-inflammatory nutrients can help to support your muscles and aid in their recovery.

If you’re really struggling with muscle soreness, you can also consider using over-the-counter pain relievers or topical creams to help ease the discomfort.

Remember, it’s important to listen to your body and give yourself the rest and recovery time that you need. But hopefully, these tips can help you to feel a little better and get back to doing the things you love.

Tish is a personal trainer at Everlast Gym, L’derry

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