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Today's article on the front page is about pain patches for relief of muscle pain. I have found a great method to relieve or stop sore muscles before it happens. It's called contrast therapy. You get in the shower, put the water on as cold as you can stand it for 30 secs. Then, you switch the water to as hot as you can stand it for about 1 min. Then switch back to cold. Do this for about 4-5 cycles, and you can concentrate on muscles that you have strenuously worked out.
The theory behind this is that sore muscles are caused by build-up of lactic acid in your muscles. By alternating hot and cold water, it causes the blood vessels to constrict and expand, pumping blood through your muscles and flushing out the lactic acid. It really works!
Don't start where you want to finish when beginning to exercise
Unless you have been an athlete, start slowly with exericise. Even doing several short walks is better that trying to do a whole mile the first day you start. Build up to your goals.
Often we are impatient with ourselves but if we start doing a harsh exercise regime our body will fight back and lactic acid will accumulate in the muscles making it difficult to actually keep to your exercise program and then we think; exercise is painful.
When I exercise I warm up slow with heart rate at 120 or under then when I cool down I come down over a 5 to 10 min time frame. Slowly cutting my speed. My legs work out all the lactic acid and they aren't sore after the work out. My goal is heart rate of 110 toe 115 to end.314
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