Ease Achy Muscles
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How can I relieve minor muscle aches associated with marathon training?
Not all running injuries are serious. Here are few tips to manage the minor aches and pains that are part of training for a marathon:
- When you feel especially stiff after a tough workout, fill a bathtub with warm water and add 3-4 cups of Epsom salt, which you can buy at most grocery stores or drugstores. Soak for 15 minutes, and you will notice a difference the next day.
- Muscle rubs such as Biofreeze and the arnica gels sold at health food stores can provide topical, short-term relief of minor aches. But if you have severe, persistent muscle pain, seek professional advice.
- Ice. You can rarely go wrong putting ice on a sore spot.
- Heat. Don't use a heating pad on an area that is red or swollen, but placing a heating pad behind your back or sitting on a heating pad at work can relieve low back or upper hamstring stiffness. But limit heating pad use to 15 minutes a few times daily to avoid skin irritation.
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