Sore Muscles? Ice Away that Muscle Pain!


Feeling beat up after a workout is almost a welcome battle scar. It shows that you've pushed yourself far enough to inspire some positive change both mentally and physically. Feeling sore after a workout is typical, but feeling tremendous amounts of pain isn't. If you are feeling sore, thankfully, there are lot of ways to help your muscles recover so you can get back on the grind as quick as possible.
 
Icing your muscles is an old remedy that can do wonders for soreness and muscle pain. It can also prevent injuries and keep you safe during your next workout. Steve Kostorowski, owner of the Water Street Gym told Men's Fitness that "ice works best for injury, pain relief, and increasing range of motion. And the more compliant my clients are with their icing regimens, the more success they see."
 
If you're looking for something a little more comfortable, 110% has a line of compression clothing that mimics the effects of icing your muscles and can greatly assist in your recovery. If you're looking for something a little more conventional, there are a few different ways to maximize icing to help your muscle fibers repair. You could, of course, throw a few cubes of ice into a ziplock bag and wrap it into a towel. Grab another towel and tie it around your afflicted area. Just remember to ice it for 10 minutes and then remove it for 10 minutes. Applying ice for longer than 20 minutes could actually damage your muscle tissue.
 
If you suffer from sore feet, try freezing a bottle of water and then rubbing it under you feet periodically. This can help reduce swelling and help to massage any muscles that are in pain. And for the extreme athlete, there is also the trash can method. This is a little intense, but if you are an endurance athlete, it can do wonders for your overall muscle recovery. Grab a metal trashcan and fill it with ice and ice water. Once it's about half way full, dive in feet first. Sound intense? It is. Just make sure you have a buddy to help you in and out of it.
 
It's great to exercise daily to keep yourself in shape, but ensuring your muscles recover adequately is just as important. Any of the methods above can do wonders for your recovery to ensure your next workout is just as good, or even better than your last.

Photo Credit: compassrose_04

References: Men's Fitness, Greatist

By Ryan Bisram| May 29, 2013
Categories:  Care

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Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram

Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is Naturally Savvy's Content Manager. He is also a Health Promoter who frequently contributes editorial pieces. - See more at: http://www.naturallysavvy.com/food-and-nutrition/the-un-coconut-water-would-you-drink-maple-water#sthash.jU9uOSAr.dpuf
Ryan Bisram is a contributing writer for NaturallySavvy.com.

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