Standing up for fitness has been great for both my body and my brain. The only con has been the return of sore muscles, and I don’t mean the kind of soreness that feels good because it means you’ve been working hard.
I’ve got sore muscles in a bad way–the I don’t want to start moving because I know the first few steps are gonna hurt, the throbbing pain at night in an area of my body that’s never hurt before, the do I really have to walk ten stairs up to my apartment , the I’ll drive to the grocery store instead of walking because I just can’t face carrying grocercies.
The soreness is not directly from standing all day–that feels great. My muscles are noticeably looser and I’m able to go deeper into many of my strength training and stretching routines, which is extremely exciting and great in the long run, but in the short term the under-used mini muscles and areas of major muscles that I hadn’t been engaging before are fighting back. Having been here before, and successfully defeated sore muscles, I thought I’d share a few tips:
1) Eat bananas and lots of em
2) Soak in a warm bath or hot tub
3) Even though the first few steps will hurt – move…gentle movements will help your muscles loosen up a bit
5) Pick fitness activities that you’re really excited about or workout with a buddy so you keep your workout schedule despite being sore
6) Stretch (for me when the soreness and stiffness is most severe it feels better to stretch in a moderate manner and not go as deep as I’m able to. Save the deep stretching for a day or two later when you’re feeling less sore)
7) Plan healthy distractions (read a book outside that you’re excited about, plan a bbq with friends and family, plan a pool party (walking in water = fabulous)
8) Put on your favorite music and dance
9) Alcohol (yes sometimes you just need beer or wine and it helps)
10) Reward, reward, reward for sticking with your workout routine while being sore (get some hot new workout shorts, ask us for some pink shoelaces, treat yourself to a massage (works for some not really for me–hurts too much when I’m really sore))