That soreness after a heavy workout session is bitter/sweet, right? It tells you that you have indeed walloped your muscles to the point of them changing (six-pack on its way!), however, it can be unpleasant. That’s why I am sharing my 3 Remedies for Over-Exercised Muscles. There have been occasions where I’ve worked my thighs and booty so hard that I can barely sit on the potty for 2 days after! I did a Barre class, and it took my muscles way over the edge.
So, here are 3 remedies to ease those over-exercised muscles. First off, what is it that causes the soreness? Moves that strengthen and lengthen muscles can create tiny tears in the muscle membranes. Inflammation and something called Creatin Keratase makes your muscles feel sore. This might last for up to 3 days, but eventually subsides. The question is: Should you exercise while muscles are still sore? Studies have shown that it makes little difference to the Kreatin Keratase levels if you do continue to exercise inflamed muscles, so you will probably be fine. But keep in mind the difference between a well worked out muscle and an injured one. The difference is that if you injure a muscle, you’ll feel it right away, whereas if it’s just overwork, you won’t feel the soreness until the next day. Obviously don’t exercise an injured muscle.
Here are my 3 remedies that work:
1. Sore Muscle Scrub: Using a good magnesium-infused scrub the night after exercising will go a long way to easing those sore muscles. I love to make my own as I save a lot of money, and it’s so easy to do.
*I like to take a good Magnesium and Calcium Supplement daily.
2. A muscle relaxing balm: Most of us have heard of Tiger Balm, and there are plenty of over-the-counter creams for dealing with muscle soreness, but I like to make my own using powerfully therapeutic essential oils.
Muscle Relaxing Balm
15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Melt oil, wax and butter over a double-boiler. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Pour into an opaque jar. Store for up to 1 year in a cool, dark cabinet.
3. Magnesium gel or spray: If you have a particularly sore muscle, I recommend using a topical gel or spray. I love Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil. This is also really helpful for anyone who suffers from cramps or fibromyalgia.