How can I reduce post workout soreness from muscle tension?

There are a number of ways to reduce post workout soreness but today we are looking at it from a muscle tension perspective.

The more flexible you are, the less likely you are to get injured from a slightly excessive movement. By increasing the range of motion in a joint through stretching, you can decrease the resistance on your muscles during your workout. 

 

Most people stretch and warm up before a workout but if you don’t here’s a few reasons why you should: 

  • Reduce your risk of injury 
  • Increases range of motion 
  • Improves posture 
  • Improves Mechanical Efficiency and Overall Functional Performance 
  • Helps reduce or manage stress 
  • Reduces Muscular Tension and Enhances Muscular Relaxation 
  • Prepares the Body for the Stress of Exercise 
  • Promotes Circulation 
  • Decreases the Risk of Lower Back Pain or Strain 
  • Helps Relieve Post-Exercise Aches and Pains 

Stretching prior to exercise allows the muscles to loosen up and become resistant to the impact they are about to undergo, thereby reducing the chance of injury. 

As stretching makes you more flexible and a flexible joint requires less energy to move through a wider range of motion, it can improve your overall performance by making your movement more efficient. 

While people stretch before working out not a lot actually stretch after, but there are a lot of great reasons why you should start stretching after working out, 

 

The following are some of the top reasons: 

  • Improved blood circulation to help recovery 
  • Eliminates Lactic Acid 
  • Reduced muscle tension and soreness the following day 
  • Gives your body time to “cool down”