Too sore to workout? How to recover from an intense workout that leaves you too sore to put your bra on or so sore you can't even walk up a flight of stairs.
We all tend to overdo it from time to time. Sometimes we workout too hard because it's fun, other times because we're feeling guilty, and other times we're just not thinking too clearly and we go overboard with the intensity on a new exercise or with a new workout plan.
If you're in a world of hurt because you pushed yourself too hard then you probably don't feel like moving but that's exactly what you need to do.
If you avoid exercise then you're delaying the healing process and increasing your chances of muscle contraction and tightness.
If you move you increase blood flow to the damaged area boosting oxygen and nutrients that are needed for healing.
The best exercises for sore muscles are restorative exercises for the sore areas.
Lower body sore from a killer butt workout? Head out for a 20 minute walk at a moderate pace and follow it up with 10 minutes of the best flexibility exercises. That's a hamstring stretch most of my clients love and can do easily in the pic above.
Upper body tight from pushups, rows, or ball throws? Try slow forwards and backwards arm circles with arms in various positions (up, forward, down, or out to sides). This takes less than 3 minutes and is very effective.
Abs, hip flexors, or low back killing you from a hard ab workout? Try gentle torso twists then try some stability ball stretches like the ones in the video below.