Adding Electrolytes to your water can help your muscles even more because they are salts. Water follows salt and so if salt is going into the cells, so is the water, flushing out cellular waste and bi-products of cell function. One of the 4 electrolytes is Magnesium, a natural muscle relaxant. Put into Practice: Definitely get your hands on some electrolytes and drink through the acute phase until the muscles feel better and less tense. 2. Get Bendy! Stretching can never be underestimated! Whether you work at a desk all day or drive in a car, these are really unnatural positions forour bodies to be in.
But when we say WATER, we actually mean Water AND THEN SOME.
Stretching encourages blood vessel contraction and dilation to flush tired muscles with fresh circulation. It also signals to the muscle fibres to lengthen, which is EXACTLY the message tight muscles need. Its called Stretching not Straining! Remember stretching is really beneficial for your muscles, but overdoing it can cause strains or tears in weak muscles. Start with Baby steps and work up to more intense stretching. So taking the muscle to a sensation of stretch is your end point. Don't push it or you'll be hurting a whole lot more. Put into Practice:
Think of stretching as a good "reset" button for your muscles.
- Join a yoga class if you haven't tried it before
- If you already doing Yoga, try increasing your class frequency to 2-3 times per week.
- Take stretching breaks at work to stretch your neck and shoulders
- Stretch before you go to sleep and first thing when you wake up.
- Swimming Freestyle laps in a pool
- Paddling in a canoe or kayak
- Tai Chi, Qi Gong are more gentle exercises without forcing any movement
- Yoga, Pilates