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					How Do You Relieve Sore Muscles

It might sound weird to say, but I like it when my muscles get a little
sore after a workout, it lets me know I've worked my muscles enough to
build strength. But if you want to know how do you relieve sore muscles,
there are some easy things you can do.

Many people think that they should do a deep stretch before they
exercise. The truth is that if you stretch too deeply while your muscles
are tight you can actually do more harm than good.

You can tear muscle fiber which will take a long time to repair and you
will miss a lot of workout while you are recovering.

You can sprain or strain, no they're not the same, and be more
susceptible to muscle pulls.

You don't want to stop exercising while you wait to repair the damage
done by incorrect stretching.

While stretching is good for you, it only works well when your muscles
are already loose and warm.

To maximize the effectiveness of stretching do very light warm up moves
before you workout and leave the deeper stretches until after you're

No matter how much stretching you do it's important to understand that
the soreness you feel is from the micro tears you get in your muscles
from working them.

When your muscles repair themselves this is how you build them up and
make them stronger, and bigger. From that point of view a little
soreness is actually a good thing.

Ease into any new exercise program. One mistake I've made, is to think
that just because I work out and I'm fit I can jump into any type of
physical activity. Wrong. Different activities use different muscles in
different ways, so anytime you take on something new, you'll probably
have some muscle pain.

When you do have sore muscles try to get some light exercise in while you
are 'recovering'. Something simple like going for a walk, or a easy bike
ride. You want to keep your body moving and loose without putting more
strain on your already strained muscles.

Initial treatment for these kinds of injuries should consist of icing the
affected area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours.

Then apply heat to the affected area again for 15 to 20 minutes every
hour. Soaking in a hot tub can also help loosen your sore muscles.
Another relaxing and effective way to relieve the pain of sore muscles is
to get a light massage. This will help by increasing blood flow to the
affected areas which will effectively warm the muscles and begin to get
rid of the built up lactic's this buildup that makes your
muscles sore to begin with.

There are also many over the counter creams and ointments that you can
apply to help loosen up your muscles and speed up the recovery time.

Follow these simple tips on how do you relieve sore muscles and you'll
enjoy all your physical activities more as well as enjoying your physical
appearance more!

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