Whether you run, cycle, dance, golf, ski, climb, or just want to keep moving, here are some ideas to help alleviate muscle aches:
- Consider an Epsom salts bath, which provides muscle-enhancing relief and cramp-reducing magnesium.
- Be present in your activity. The more you move, the more relaxed you are and the more efficiently you build muscle and burn fat.
- A full-body massage keeps your muscles supple and reduces muscle soreness. Try essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger root, rosemary, lavender and nutmeg. Mix 8 – 12 drops of essential oil with 1 ounce of carrier oil.
- Try working on an acupressure point to alleviate pain and fatigue. Use moderate pressure on the web area between the index finger and the thumb.
- Use breath awareness to focus intently on your movements and posture. Breathe deeply, belly out on the inhale, in on the exhale. Roll your shoulders back and down away from your ears. Be loose. Smile, don’t grimace. Swing your arms from side to side.
- Give your body time to rest between training sessions to allow it to recover.
- Your fitness program should include cardiovascular, strength training and flexibility activities.
Have fun and enjoy getting and keeping in shape.