When workouts leave you sore, here are 5 ways to reduce the pain and get back into your workouts.
1. Hydrate your body. Sore muscles need more circulation and being dehydrated will increase your muscle soreness. Drink until you leave your bathroom break with clear results.
2. Flow. Moving can help increase blood flow and decrease inflammation that increases the amount of pain you may be feeling. Simply mimic the same movements in a gentler flow that made you sore and you'll start to feel better.
3. Sleep in. Sleeping helps the body repair and recover so even a little cat nap may help you feel less soreness.
4. NSAID. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Advil or Aleve can make the pain decrease but also helping reduce inflammation.
5. Take a day off. If you're really sore, hitting it to the max again the next day can cause an injury. Be smart and listen to your body.
Keep in mind that muscle soreness or pain is common but joint pain is not. If you feel joint pain after a workout, you should seek a physical therapist or doctor to determine is you have an injury or just take a few days off from your workouts.