Soreness in the muscles happens to just about everyone. Whether you have muscle pain from a fall, inactivity, or from working out too intensely, that pain you are feeling can have a negative impact on your drive. Light cardio exercises can actually help you to recover and lessen the pain that you feeling today. When you challenge the muscles it is normal for them to feel sore the following day, this is the body’s way of telling you that it is dealing with new stress. The adaptation process involves the muscles becoming sore, as microscopic tears in connective tissue around the muscle begin to appear. These sore muscles will grow stronger, and the following light exercises to ease the muscle pain will certainly help.
Choosing Your Exercise Routine
The goal here is to choose an exercise routine that will allow you to go low and slow, performed at moderate intensity. Since your muscles are already hurting, there is no need to make the situation any worse than it already is. These exercises that you choose should allow you to workout for ten minutes at a clip without having to stop. These exercises are designed to help build up your muscle endurance and keep you in shape. Be sure that you choose an exercise that will raise your heart rate and have you breathing heavier than normal. There is no need to be sweating profusely, but you should still be pushing yourself slightly harder than a simple walk around the block.
Low-Impact Exercises: Choose one of the following low-impact exercises.
Now we are not talking about just walking around the block and calling it a day, a brisk walk is a stress-free way to keep the muscles that are sore moving and rebuilding. Take a set of five pound dumbbells with you on the walk and do slow curls as you walk to strengthen the arms and legs without too much exertion. Choose a route will more hills and strap on some ankle or wrist weights to get that heart rate climbing.
If you own an elliptical or have one at the local gym, this is the time that you should be using it. This piece of exercise equipment will put just the right amount of stress on the legs, arms, abs, back, and help you to ease some of that muscle pain. This has less of an impact on your legs than running and will help to tone the muscles.
Not too many people own a Stairmaster, however some gyms do have this piece of equipment. You can always find a set of stairs in your neighborhood if you do not have them in your home, and strap on the weights and get climbing.