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Why We Ache Days AFTER Physical Activity - and the Best Ways to STOP It!

Everybody loves springtime. The weather gets warm, the grass turns green, and we finally get to spend time outside. What's not to love? Well, if you're like me, springtime also means more aches and pains. Working on the lawn, raking leaves, picking up branches, planting, laying down wood chips and soil, along with a few thousand other things, springtime brings with it a lot of work – tiring work. That means aches and pains are sure to follow.

Interestingly, most of us feel sore a couple of days after a lot of physical activity. As I understand it, that is the result of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS. DOMS occurs when you work muscles that aren't used regularly, like when you shovel dirt for hours. The worst pain from the new activity will typically occur a couple days after the activity itself. Exercising those muscles more often, and the DOMS effect will decrease.

Getting out during spring

So, instead of popping pain relievers every few hours, try these more natural approaches in helping reduce and relieve those aches and pains.

  • Stay Hydrated. This is huge because water helps to flush the lactic acid from your body.
  • Massage Your Muscles. Using a foam roller on sore muscles has been shown effective 48-hours after strenuous activity.
  • Walking. If your legs are sore, this will help blood circulation in the muscles.
  • Hot and Cold Therapy. This helps reduce inflammation, swelling, and discomfort. See previous article in Fit Stories > http://bit.ly/2GErF7p

Further, an article on Healthline.com entitled, 23 Things to Know About Acute and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, states that, “Wearing a compression garment for 24-hours after exercise can reduce DOMS and speed up recovery of muscle function. Compression garments hold the muscles in place and help increase blood flow for faster recovery.”

Getting outside

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