When starting a new exercise routine, or upping your current level of fitness, you may experience moments where your body feels like a truck ran it over. You know, you roll over in bed – or you try to – and literally nose to toes is aching. Are you broken? Should you stop all training and hibernate under your duvet forever? Err no.
Having been “off games” for the last 3 months due to a bone problem in my foot, I am suffering more than normal. The cold weather doesn’t help matters!
What to do about them?
- Drink more water – hydrated bodies work better and can heal faster. If cold weather/central heating is also dehydrating you and a cold glass of water doesn’t appeal, fill a thermos with your favourite herbal tea and sip away all day!
- Stretch gently, make sure you warm up and cool down properly around your training too. If you can’t “fit” stretching in each day, book a regular Pilates or Yoga class to make up for it…
- Warm bath with epsom salts/magnesium flakes (Look for “Better You” brand, sold by Amazon) the magnesium is best absorbed through your skin, and helps with muscular repair. Plus the bath is relaxing and soothing to those aches!
- Eat well – nutrient rich foods – think green leafy vegetables, oily fish etc. All useful in the muscle repair process.
- MASSAGE – if foam rolling is not appealing to you, book a sports massage treatment to ease out your aches.
- Most importantly – listen to your body. If you are in agony, are you going to hit your training goals? Or would it be better to swap your rest days round and ease your aches for 24 hours before you continue….
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