This blog was written by Lisa Larkin. Meet our blogging fitness specialists at the NIFS website.
When starting a new exercise program, you may get sore. Muscle soreness comes from the breakdown of muscle fibers. But don’t let that drive you away from the corporate fitness center. Here are four good ways to ease the pain.
- Rest from lifting and go for a light walk. More than likely, you are sore from strength training or lifting weights. Your body may need a rest day from the weights, but go for a light walk to get some blood flow to the sore muscles. Sitting around could make the soreness worse.
- Take a hot bath. Soaking in a hot bath will help your circulation and soreness.
- Use foam rollers or massage. Rolling out your muscles on foam rollers will help to work the soreness out, although it may hurt a little at first, just like with massaging the muscles. Start out gently rubbing or rolling the muscles, and then as you work the soreness out you can target the muscles more aggressively.
- Stretch after you work out. Don’t skip the stretching component of fitness! Spend about 20 minutes stretching after your workouts.
If you are just getting back into working out, always start out slow. If you start with long, intense workouts and then cannot move the next day due to such painful muscle soreness, you will be more likely to skip the next few days. Don’t skip days; just focus on areas of the body that are not sore.
Next time you overdo it in the corporate fitness center, remember these tips for relieving your pain and keeping up your workouts.