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Sore Muscles

Any one have any tips on how to soothe sore muscles? Due to TONS of squats and TONS of lunges, my legs are killing me. So, any good tips would be GREATLY appreciated by me and my legs :)

Sun. Mar 5, 9:04am

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Do some light stretching. I have been there, I feel your pain.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 9:29 AM

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Go to the drugstore and buy some epsom salts (they're cheap). Run a hot bath and pour a few cups of it into it. If you soak it in it should help with the soreness and a bit with the recovery time.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 9:38 AM

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ibuprophen or tylenol can be helpful. Also you will want to drink lots of water to help flush your body of the lactic acid build up. A gentle massage will also help.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 11:05 AM

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All great ideas, thanks everyone!

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 1:24 PM

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Is it bad that I love the feel of sore muscles? I feel like I've really accomplished something. :)

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 3:05 PM

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bromelain- natural supplement that may not be as effective as tylenol, but is better for you.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 3:17 PM

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I love that feeling of soreness too!
I thought i was the only 1
I feel like if im not sore, i haven't done anything bath with epsom salts
the heat is great on its own, and the epsom salts just add to the soothingness

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 9:27 AM

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I don't mind the feeling of sore muscles, but I hate the feeling of shakey/weak muscles after working out. It makes me feel like I have MS or some other neurological disorder.

Anyone else get that?

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 11:27 AM

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Go for a walk or run. I know it seems like the opposite but it gets the blood flowing and it will release that build up that causes some of the soreness. It works for me. Also baths and stretching, but really you should stretch when muscles are warm, like after you go for that walk.

Saturday, August 23, 2008, 12:33 PM

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warm espom salt baths are good. Or you could do the opposite and put an ice pack on them.

Sunday, August 24, 2008, 6:57 PM

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11:27 you're not alone, I get that everytime I weight lift. After doing upper body I usually shake when I'm brushing my teeth or putting my eye make up on since I work out in the morning and I HATE that feeling! I also get it in my legs when I over do a bit on that as well and it can be tough as it will last for a few hours.

Monday, August 25, 2008, 8:36 AM

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Just RICE it!

I am really shocked that no one has yet mentioned RICEing. It is one of the top recommendations from those in sports medicine, and it's incredibly easy to do.

R- Rest- If the muscle is sore, give it a bit of time to recover and heal.
I - Ice- don't use heat in first 24 hours; when applying ice, do 15 min on, 15 off
C-Compression- if you can wrap the muscle, it'll give it a bit more support and keep it from straining more
E- Elevation- Even if it's your quad hurting, taking a bit of time out to prop up your leg will help.

Aside from RICEing, make sure you warm up, then stretch, then exercise, in that order. After giving your muscles a bit of time to heal, some light exercising can indeed help loosen them up. Also, anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can make a huge difference.

I'm not a doctor, but I've been an athlete for decades, and this is the same advice I've gotten from doctors, trainers, and physical therapists over the years. Plus, it works!

Monday, August 25, 2008, 11:39 AM

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8:36 - thank you. I was starting to worry it was just me since no one else chimed in! I haven't even started weight training yet, but I get shakeyness in my arms and legs from daily activities such as scrubbing pots... carrying heavy loads of laundry up and down stairs... THAT is how out of shape I am!

Monday, August 25, 2008, 12:04 PM

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