We’ve all experienced it — that dreaded post-workout soreness. Maybe you’ve recently started Barre and you’re using muscles that you’d forgotten about or weren't even aware existed!
While being sore can give us that proud ‘I worked hard today’ feeling, I’m sure we can all agree that getting down the stairs or sitting can be challenging — if not a bit sore!
Here are some of the ways I’ve found to get rid of muscle soreness:
Take an Epsom/coarse salt bath Taking a warm bath filled with 2 cups of mixed Epsom and Coarse salts (Himalayan Pink salt is wonderful) can help to ease muscle pain. The warm water can help to loosen up tight muscles and improve circulation, while the salts (which contain magnesium) can help your muscles relax and kick-start your recovery. Need a bit more relief, add a few drops of Arnica Sports Oil into the water.
Magnesium Oil supports working muscles pre, during and post workouts. Magnesium is one of the most important minerals required for fitness health. I use Better You - Recovery Magnesium Oil.
Foam rolling helps to increase blood flow to your muscles, which can help alleviate muscle tightness and soreness. I recommend foam rolling straight after your workout and focusing on the areas that you worked on.
Take it slow
If you feel SUPER sore and are planning a workout in the next few days, take it slow. You can also try doing something like going for a walk to relieve muscle soreness. It helps get your muscles moving and encourages blood flow, which can help your body repair itself.
Make sure you give your muscles enough time to recover so that you’re able to put in 100% for your next workout. A rub down or massage with Arnica Massage oil or gel is also beneficial.
One important note: if you feel like you’re so sore you can’t move properly, you don’t have to rush back into your workout routine. Rest, drink plenty of water and try some of the suggestions above to help your muscles relax and recover. Listen to your body!
Enjoy your Barre workouts :)