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5 Ways to Avoid Soreness After A Workout

5 Ways to Avoid Soreness After A Workout

If working out more is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might be feeling mighty sore right now. It can make you feel like you got the best workout possible or it can be a huge pain to feel achey for a few days. There are a few things you can do to prevent soreness from happening in the first place or ease it if you’re sore after trying a new workout.

Soreness is actually caused by tiny tears in the muscles when you start a new workout or use muscles you’re not used to using. Prevent soreness from happening by warming up properly. Simply stretching won’t help. If you’ve been working out and you are feeling sore, here are some things you can do to help:

1. Foam rolling. You can foam roll before or after a workout to help release trigger points and loosen tight muscles. Foam roll any tight spots before exercising to avoid injury and then foam roll the same muscles after to get rid of tension that could cause soreness.

2. Take an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts help release toxins in your body and are great for relieving inflammation and sore muscles. They also help your body absorb nutrients.

3. Use arnica oil or gel. This is a great natural pain remedy because it contains a natural anti-inflammatory compound called helenalin, that treats skin bruises and muscle pains. Use it after a workout to prevent soreness or help any current soreness feel all better. It is great to keep around for bruises and sprains too.

4. If you’re really in pain, take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as Advil or Ibuprofen.

5. Use ice and compression too. Ice will help temporarily relieve the pain and it will slow inflammation. Compression will also help tame any inflammation. You might think that compression is only for swelling, but if you are sore, you have inflammation. Putting pressure on the area may help it feel better quicker.

Have you recently started a new workout? Are you sore right now? What tips or tricks do you use to cut down on the soreness and inflammation?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing