From coffee to pineapple: 4 unusual ways to treat sore muscles

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Jul 11, 2017
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  • Your muscles get stiff and begin to ache after 24 hours or more after exercising.
  • A massage session will relax your mind as well your sore muscles.
  • Caffeine can help reduce muscle soreness in women after an exhausting workout.

You may like to take aches you feel after work out as good pain, which keeps reminding you that you are working hard to keep your body in shape. Nevertheless, this 'good' pain can also get bumpy and obstruct with your daily activities.

Why it happens

Your muscles get stiff and begin to ache after 24 hours or more after exercising. It is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). According to doctors, DOMS occurs due to injury to the muscles fibers caused by excessive or new exercise. The tiny tears send signals to the immune system to release white blood cells to begin the repair process. In return, the white blood cells release chemicals and enzymes, which are thought to be the cause of the resulting muscle pain.

Below are some unconventional ways to treat sore muscles:

Massage

Did you skip your last massage session because of your hectic schedule? If you are experiencing sore muscles then it is the perfect time for you to get one because a massage session will help relax your mind as well as your sore muscles. Alternatively, you can also seek help of a self-massage device or apply pressure on the affected area with the help of tennis ball.

Try pineapple or tart cherry juice

Yes, instead of popping up medicines, have a pineapple or drink a glass of tart cherry juice. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that is packed with anti-inflammatory properties while cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants that help reduce soreness of muscles.

Coffee

If you are a coffee lover? Your morning latte just got a healthy boost. According to researchers from the University of Georgia, caffeine can help reduce muscle soreness in women after an exhausting workout. However, make sure you consume it in moderate amount as too much caffeine can cause muscle spasms.

Protein-rich diet

There is no better remedy than antioxidants and vitamin C when it comes to sore muscles. If you're a serious exerciser, you might find relief from post-workout soreness by consuming protein-rich foods and foods that are rich in vitamin C.

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