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6 ways to ease muscle soreness

How to ease muscle soreness

By Amanda Shapin for

The day after a long run or an intense conditioning class you might have a tough time just getting out a bed, let alone heading back to the gym for another workout. Check out these tips to reduce muscle soreness, and you’ll be recovered and back at the gym before you know it.

1. Ice Bath: I won’t lie to you, this is not pleasant, but if you want your muscles to feel normal again, this might help. After a hard workout, take a dip in a cold plunge, typically 55 degrees Fahrenheit or below and aim to stay in for about five minutes. This doesn’t help everyone so if you try it a few times and don’t feel a difference, perhaps next time skip the torture and try one of the below options.

2. Massage: Now this option is actually quite pleasant! Even just a 10-minute massage will help ease soreness but if you can spring for a 60-minute deep tissue massage you’ll feel like a whole new woman.

3. Light Exercise: When it’s a struggle to walk up the stairs, heading to the gym might not seem like an attractive option, but get in a little movement and your muscles will thank you. Go for a brisk walk or hit the stationary bike to get your muscles moving and on their way to recovery. Nothing too intense, but some movement will get your blood flowing and will allow more oxygen into the muscles, helping them to heal.

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