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Sore on Being Sore

Now that you've started this new health kick, your muscles may be sore. Maybe you tried to lunge like Kate Beckinsale or you did too many at your desk booty workouts and now you can hardly walk.

While it is not entirely clear what exactly causes muscles soreness-- what is clear is that when you're sore, you're sore and it's no fun.

To get the scoop on easing muscles soreness,

For mild muscles soreness the Mayo Clinic recommends these techniques:

  • Ice the sore area
  • Use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen or naproxen

  • Fit's Tip: A topical pain relieving gel such as BioFreeze can also help ease the pain. After my first snowboarding experience turned out to be a very painful one, I was not loving the idea of putting ice on my sore muscles (being that the snow and ice was how they got that way in the first place) so I turned to BioFreeze and have loved it dearly ever since.

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janellethechef janellethechef 9 years
I'm a huge fan of BioFreeze!! That stuff saved my life when I was on the dance team in high school!!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
awww :oops: I got my smiley code wrong!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Tigerbalm is the BEST!! In China, where it originates, they also tell you it can cure evil winds around you. I have NO idea what that means, but if there are evil winds near me, watch out! I have a teeny jar of TIger balm and I'm NOT afraid to use it!!! :ROFLOL:
katherinej10 katherinej10 10 years
I'm a big fan of 'tiger balm'- it has a strong medicine-y smell, but it works wonders on sore muscles! mine came in a really small tube, but looks are deceiving- a little goes a long way!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
If you're sore, the only way to get your muscles to get "stronger" is if you keep lightly working the muscles until the pain goes away. If you get sore and just sit around until you feel better, nothing happens.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Muscle soreness is caused by microtrauma to the muscle fibers. Which means it is the micro-tearing of muscle fibers. Sound gross, I know. The good thing about being 'sore' is that your muscles need to repair themselves. And when they do, they become stronger causing muscle to grow giving you more endurance and strength. You should feel sore a day or two after your workout. It's a good thing, FEEL THE PAIN ARRR! ;)
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I always wrap an Ace bandage around my knees when they become inflammed and get fluid. It helps a lot with the pain
AJS AJS 10 years
Does Bito Freeze work on joints? My fingers tend to get stiff from consistent typing!! Thank God , I dont blog for a living!
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