Remedies for Sore Muscles - dummies

Remedies for Sore Muscles

By LaReine Chabut, Madeleine Lewis

Part of Stretching For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stretching is an important part of keeping yourself healthy. But, what should you do about sore muscles? The next time you’re in pain, there are a few things you can do to speed your recovery along. The following list gives you a few suggestions for helping your sore muscles get back to feeling good again:

  • Apply an ice pack for 20 minutes to any area that is sore. Repeat this every hour until the pain subsides.

  • Stretch the sore area gently to help your body get rid of lactic acid, which helps contribute to the pain.

  • Be sure to walk 10 to 20 minutes at least once a day to increase circulation throughout your body. This helps deliver much-needed oxygen to your sore muscles.

  • Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to stay hydrated and help flush out the lactic acid in your sore muscles.

  • Avoid any strenuous activity as long as you’re in pain.