Aching muscles can be a result of a workout or just old age. Living with pain and soreness is never enjoyable, as it can limit your ability to perform daily tasks and hobbies. Many of us will simply take an over-the-counter remedy for sore muscles but these are mere temporary fixes. Therefore, the below remedies will help you combat sore muscles without taking pills.
Make a turmeric latte: This drink has become quite trendy as of late, but it isn’t just something pretty to drink. Turmeric contains essential antioxidants to help relieve sore muscles. To make it more effective, find a recipe that contains a high amount of ginger.
Eat garlic: Although it won’t make your breath smell good, your muscles will thank you. Some studies have shown that garlic reduces muscle pain, especially when the garlic is crushed. Consuming garlic after a workout or physical activity can help reduce muscle soreness.
Sleep well: Being sleep deprived can contribute to painful muscles as a result of inflammation. Sleeping well helps your body flush inflammation and repair cell damage.
Use a foam roller: Foam rolling has really taken off as the tool of choice to relieve aching muscles. Foam rolling isolates specific muscle groups and gets much deeper into the muscles and tissues than just regular stretching.
Drink tart cherry juice: There is growing evidence that consuming tart cherry juice post-workout can help reduce muscle soreness. If the taste is too strong, feel free to dilute it with some water to make it easier to swallow.
Drink coffee: One study found that drinking about two cups of coffee after a workout reduced muscle soreness by nearly 50 percent. Other studies have shown that drinking coffee prior to a workout can also enhance performance.
Go for a walk: I know it may not sound like a good idea, but a 20- to 30-minute walk can help flush out metabolic waste built up by sore muscles. A light exercise will help increase circulation and flush out this waste much faster than just sitting and hoping the pain goes away—just push through it!
These remedies are much safer than popping pills for your joint pain and will have you back to feeling like yourself in no time.