Ease Muscle Strain

February 12, 2014

Whether you’re working out in preparation for summer, strained from weeks upon weeks of snow shoveling, or just trying to stay healthy with a bit of exercise, your muscles could probably use a little TLC.

Yoga is a great way to start the morning. A morning activity like yoga gets the blood and lymph fluid flowing, helps you start the day using all your muscles, and can offer great benefits when done regularly. Here’s one to try if you want more flexibility:

It might take more than 8 minutes until you learn the routine, but it’s nice to be able to touch your toes easily.

If you’ve got sore muscles, ease the pain with Dakota Muscle Relief,which has a hot/cool sensation and nice peppermint smell to help relax stiffness; or try a little ginger. Eating ginger has been shown to ease muscle pain.You could make beef and broccoli, and simultaneously feed your muscles some protein. (Take beef and marinate with sesame oil, scallions, ginger, and garlic, sauté in vegetable oil with broccoli, add soy sauce if desired).

Eating protein is great for your muscles—it helps them grow and repair. If you’re working out to lose weight, pairing a protein shake with your workout will help boost your metabolism. But you don’t need to go overboard with eating protein, more than 30 grams won’t make much of a difference. If you’re hungrier than that, have small portions throughout the day (you’ll stay full too).

After working out, make sure you help your muscles recover by fighting inflammation. An antioxidant rich meal or antioxidant powered supplement will help counter the inflammation that working out causes.

Share your goals for your strength/muscles:

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