Rains are not just about the beautiful cloudy weather and plush greenery. For many of us, the monsoon brings with it fatigue, muscle soreness and body ache. Amit Sarda, Managing Director at Soulflower and Sonia Mathur, training head at Organic Harvest, have listed a few ways you can prevent sore muscles this season.
Up your intake of whey protein. It won't reduce muscle soreness but helps the muscles to recover quickly, so you don't feel the pain for long. Consuming 10 grams of whey protein before and after the workout can help reduce the symptoms of muscle soreness.
Use sea salts in a bath soak -- this dadi-ka-nuska is an effective home remedy to relieve muscle soreness. It helps in muscle restoration by supplying the body with the muscle-relaxing mineral magnesium.
Include foods rich in vitamin C in your diet as it is shown to be effective to prevent muscle soreness. So incorporate chilli peppers, guavas and citrus fruits which are all high in Vitamin C into your diet to up your energy level and avoid muscle soreness.
Make sure you stretch regurarly as it helps in improving the blood flow and aid in reducing the inflammation. Regular stretching exercises and daily physical activity will keep such discomfort at bay. Stretching twice a day is highly recommended.
Massaging your muscles with essential oils, when you are suffering from muscle soreness, helps you to get rid of it. You can try essential oils like ylang ylang, peppermint, lavender, geranium and rosemary.