1. Ice. Strenuous exercise produces inflammation in your muscles. Ice applied directly onto the areas of deep soreness will reduce swelling and soreness. A cold shower or bath can produce the same results.
2. Hot soak. A Jacuzzi or hot bath can bring a lot of relief to sore, tight muscles. The moist heat draws blood and fresh oxygen into the muscles, increasing circulation. Improved circulation relaxes muscle tissue and reduces soreness.
3. Epsom salt bath. A salt bath will help to draw toxins out of your body while restoring much needed magnesium. Magnesium helps to increase serotonin levels, improving your body’s ability to relax.
4. Vitamin E. Recent studies performed by Dr. Jennifer Sacheck of Tufts University in Boston indicate that taking vitamin E may reduce the onset of delayed muscle soreness. Stationary bike sessions. Also, easy stationary bicycle sessions after a heavy leg strength workout can help flush out lactic acid and other waste products, reducing soreness and time of recovery.
What you do after a workout is just as important as during. Following some of these simple tips will make excersising much more enjoyable.