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5 Ways to Soothe Sore Muscles

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2. Eat Certain Fruits.

You can eat your way to relief! Blueberries, cherry juice, and pomegranates all contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have been proven to help you recover faster. It’s also a great preventative measure — snack on some blueberries before hitting the gym.

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3. Get a Massage.

Massages eases muscle tightness and inflammation as well as increasing your blood flow. Some experts believe it’s even better than over-the-counter pain medications for treating sore muscles. Treat yourself to a professional massage if you can, but there are also plenty of techniques out there for massaging yourself.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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4:17PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

My PT suggested a golf ball muscle roller which helped reduce my soreness way more than anything else i have tried, you should look into it. www.zzathletics.com

7:58AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

One thing not mentioned in the article, add Epsom salt to the hot bath. Magnesium will be absorbed through the skin and sooth your sore body. Sure would like to have the massage to go along with it!!!!!

2:34AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

ohhhhhhhhhh how nice relaxing sounds ^_^

3:58AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

I take m agnesium tablets, I drink water as well to keep my muscles hydrated and me too and I use Eucalyptus oil and massage it into my sore muscles. Its brilliant and it grows madly in Australia but Im sure you can get it where you live. Keep your muscles warm or do the cold/warm treatment and keep moving dont sit or stop b/c then the problem escalates.

I go to the gym and i just go gently around and ease into it. Hot showers are my thing too. Bliss as well as acupressure/reflexology/massage...bliss if you can find a good one

4:38PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Lisa's point about magnesium is well-taken. Recently added it to my daily vitamin regimen. Also, I've just learned about the benefits of horse chestnut - aid circulation in legs. I take it with 1000 mg vitamin C. In truthfulness, it's too soon for me to know if it makes a difference.

10:03AM PDT on May 17, 2013

thanks

10:01AM PDT on May 17, 2013

awesome tips! thanks

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