Hi, My Name is Sophia and I’m…Sore All the Time
|June 6, 2011||Posted by Sophia @ Raven Waves under fitness, injuries, running, tips, working out, yoga|
OK, I’m not really sore all the time, just 25% of the time. Yep, I wake up with soreness in a variety of muscles and joints after a day of working out. I’m not sure why I’m extra-prone to muscle soreness, but it does make me rethink some of my workouts and whether I’m doing the right types of exercises. After all, I work out 5-6 times a week, so 25% means that I’m sore 1-2 days per week. Yikes.
I do believe that my workouts are pretty balanced, but then I’m not sure why I feel sore so often. Hm…
If I play tennis, my forearm feels sore. If I do yoga, it’s my shoulders and quads. If I run outside, it’s my calves. If I do an arm workout, it’s my triceps. If I do a core workout, it’s my abs.
It also makes me wonder if I’m making progress with my workouts or not. If I’m sore, are my muscles becoming stronger? What is going on?
Also, I wouldn’t classify my soreness as painful in any way at all. At the most, it’s discomfort, which really isn’t such a bad thing.
But it is frustrating. That’s why I’m going to stick to Sophia’s Anti-Soreness Plan!
1. A warm bath soothes tight muscles. I’m going to try to get myself to relax in the tub sometime this week. It’s going to be really challenging, since I’m not the type of person who relaxes very often. I always end up thinking of something that I need to do, and then I completely concentrate on that one task rather than the meditation. But my muscles need it, so I will try!
2. A little stretching never hurt anybody. I’m a huge advocate of yoga and stretching your muscles after a workout. I already do this, but I’m going to focus more on the body parts that I know will probably end up being sore in the morning, i.e. calves after a run on the pavement.
3. Is there a masseuse in the house? In Arizona, I had a wonderfully relaxing massage and though I don’t have time to get a professional one right now, I do have time to massage my legs. Arms and shoulders are a different story, but that’s what boyfriend are for right? Anyway, massaging is to relieve any tension you might be feeling.
4. Icing for intensity. I’m probably going to pass on this one only because my soreness isn’t painful. When I had knee tendonitis for a couple weeks in January, my ice pack was my best friend. But right now, I’m going to stick to warmth rather than cold. If you’re feeling pain though, I’d definitely recommend ice.
5. Kill that pain! Since my soreness isn’t too bad, I’m not going to opt for ibuprofen, but I do think that when your joints are hurting, medicine might be the answer. Just don’t overdo it!
6. Hydrate with water. Sometimes I feel my joints getting tight, and cramps in my legs developing when my dehydrated. While I do drink a ton of water every day at work, I tend to skimp out when I’m at home and about to work out. That’s another thing that needs to change.
So there is my anti-soreness plan. Though I will probably stay away from icing and painkillers for now, they’re definite options if my soreness turns into pain.
Now I’m off to make some lunch for tomorrow and try to relax. I have my last day at my current job on Wednesday, and I’ve got about 12980283 different emotions right now!
Have a good night!
What do you do when your muscles are feeling sore?