Starting a new workout routine can seem like a daunting task, especially when you know you’ll be sore after. Here’s what to do for sore muscles.
Why are my muscles sore or in pain?
Muscle soreness and pain is caused by micro tears in the muscles. These tears are typically a result of exercise or overexertion of the muscles. As you exercise more the muscles in your body will rebuild stronger, causing the pain and soreness to decrease.
Epsom salts are made up of magnesium sulfate, which is a natural muscle relaxant made to help soothe sore muscles. The magnesium and the salt work to pull fluid out of the tissues, therefore reducing swelling. Try pouring a cup or two of Epsom salts into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes or until the water has reached room temperature. Repeat this three times a week or until the soreness and pain has decreased. Here are more smart uses for Epsom salts.
Magnesium oil is similar to Epsom salts in that they both contain magnesium. The oil contains magnesium chloride, which also works as a muscle relaxant. Apply magnesium oil in a spray bottle directly to the sore muscle or area such as your calf or heel.
Apply heat or cold pressure
Simply applying heat or cold to the affected area can help to reduce swelling and relax the muscles. This natural remedy for muscle pain is simple, quick, and easy. For muscle soreness or tightness try a warm shower or bath. For muscle pain or swelling try an ice pack directly on the affected area for about 20 minutes.