Today’s Solutions: March 23, 2023

When your muscles feel stiff or just simply ache a lot after a workout, it can be awfully challenging to motivate yourself to maintain an exercise routine. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to soothe your aching muscles from the comfort of your home. You can find three of them right below.

First way: An old-fashioned hot compress. It’s easy to forget about simple home remedies. Applying heat to the area is an effective way to combat muscle pain. Whether this is a hot-water bottle or a microwaveable bean bag, it will probably be much more beneficial than a pricey foam roller.

Second way: Forget ‘no pain no gain’. The opposite is true for dealing with stiffness or muscle ache. Pressing firmly on tight, sore spots might seem tempting, but it is most likely only going to give you short-term results and be very uncomfortable. Exercising, including light resistance work, seems to provide longer-term improvement and may help prevent a recurrence.

Third way: Weight lifting (yes, really). Contrary to popular belief, the latest research suggests that one of the most effective ways of treating muscle pain is low‑intensity weight training. Gentle strength work with a TheraBand, or lightweight dumbbells, ideally while guided by a qualified physiotherapist, can work wonders.

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