Treat Minor Workout Pain from Your Kitchen: Part Two
The Insanity workout sounded great when you started, but now the pain payments are coming due.
You’re just getting started, and every day it seems like they find a fresh way to pulverize you and make you want to cry. (Hah.)
Don’t worry, you are most definitely not alone.
We all go there, and believe it or not, you’ll make it past this. Hang in there, it’s all worth it in the end!
Meanwhile, here are a few helpful home remedies for minor workout pain that won’t have you laying out lots of cash for chiropractors or piles of pills. Everything in this list is all natural, and you probably already have some right in your kitchen.
(Pssst! Did you catch Part One of this series? If not, click here to check it out, too…)
1. Peppermint pain relief
Knots in your muscles are no joke. They can hang around for days, and be hard to unkink. A great friend with strong fingers might help some, but try this therapy as well: soak in a hot bath scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The hot water helps relax your muscles, and the peppermint has a soothing effect that has proven to be 25% more effective in easing muscle cramps than over-the-counter painkillers. It can also help you prevent future flare-ups.
2. Tonic water treatment
If you read Part One in this series, you already know that tomato juice can help prevent leg cramps by replacing valuable potassium in your body. The quinine in tonic water can do a similar soothing trick by helping to stop repeated muscle contractions.
3. Great grapes
Is your back screaming from all those planks you did? Grapes may be exactly what you need to relax tight blood vessels and improve the flow of healing nutrients and oxygen to damaged back tissues, shock-absorbing discs, and vertebrae. The best part of all? It works within three hours of eating your bowl of grapes.
4. Gentle ginger
Ginger root helps alleviate aching muscles and joints, and reduces stiffness and swelling because of compounds known as gingerols. Gingerols slow down the release of particular hormones that trigger pain. Ginger is also well-known as a great stomach settler, so steep a tablespoon of fresh grated ginger in hot water, then strain and enjoy with honey. You’ll feel revived by the refreshing citrusy scent, too.
5. Cayenne pepper muscle rub
Need a sore muscle rub that doesn’t stink to high heaven? A teaspoon of cayenne shaken in 2 ounces of olive oil works great, costs pennies, and won’t instantly notify your office mates of your muscle misery. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which inhibits secretion of the neurotransmitter that transmits pain messages to the brain. Say goodbye to muscle soreness, minor strain, and cramps.
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What natural health remedies are working for you and your workout? Leave a comment below and share what works (and what doesn’t) for you!