Whether it’s for walking running, jogging or doing squats and kicks, you use your leg muscles everyday. When you work your legs out a lot, there will come a point when you have sore muscles. It can be quite difficult to move around when you have muscle soreness, but with a little patience and some TLC, it will soon pass.
Here are some ways to help relieve sore leg muscles.
- Get some rest. When your muscles feel tired and sore, skip a day and let your body rest. During your workout, give yourself some time to take breaks so you can let the lactic acid build up go away. It’s not advisable to train so hard on a daily basis because you risk muscle wear and tear and even overuse. Listen to your body’s cues and take a break when you need to rest.
- Stretch it out. To help soothe aching muscles, stretch it out. It’s also important that you stretch properly after you have warmed up your muscles at the start of an exercise program. When you are done working out, give your muscles a good stretch. This will help keep your muscles loose and limber and help prevent further injuries.
- Elevate your legs. On your feet all day? Give your legs and aching feet a break. When you get home, elevate your legs so that it is higher than your heart. This will allow for the blood that has pooled on your legs and feet to properly circulate back. Resting your legs at an elevated level will also give you a feeling of well-being. You may even want to close your eyes and let your entire body relax.
- Soak in a hot bath. After a hard day, it’s nice to get into a hot tub and let the hot water do its trick. If you have a Jacuzzi at home, go ahead and soak for twenty minutes and let the massaging action of the water pressure help relax your sore leg muscles. If you only have a bathtub, go ahead and put a cup of Epsom salts in the bath water. This will certainly help soothe you sore muscles.
- Use a hot liniment. When your legs are feeling tired, massage some liniment oil on it. The heating action of the oil will help soothe your muscles and relieve any pain and discomfort.
- Get a massage. Spare the time and get a body massage. This will help relax not only your leg muscles but your entire body as well. Ask for a Swedish massage of a deep tissue or sports massage to really get the knots and aches out of your muscles.
- Take an anti inflammatory pill. When you just can’t take the discomfort anymore, take a quick pain reliever. However, be warned that long term use of anti inflammatory medication and other pain relievers can cause damage to your liver so use only when needed.
To prevent getting sore muscles in the future, be sure to take adequate rest days between heavy workout days. Constant use of the same muscle groups can lead to injury and compromised performance. Take the necessary precautions when exercising and be sure to properly warm up your muscles and give it a good stretch before and after and intensive workout regimen.