Tight Muscles? Try These Recovery Tips!
One of the issues that many runners deal with, whether they are training for a 5K or a Marathon, is having tight or sore muscles! I constantly find myself complaining about how tight my calves are and am always trying to get my nearest friend or family member to give them a massage. Sometimes I’m lucky and they give in, but on those massage-free days I try to remember the following tips to help my muscles feel better:
While foam rolling can be painful, it is incredibly helpful when it comes to tight muscles! It’s a great way to warm your muscles up before running because it increases circulation. It also helps to roll out after your run to prevent soreness from creeping in later.
MIX IN A YOGA CLASS
Stretching by itself is a go-to when you have tight muscles, but sometimes that can get boring. I know that I’m less likely to actually stretch on my own, so if I’m feeling really tight I always opt for a yoga class. Yoga not only stretches out those tight muscles, but it can also help your physical and mental strength!
It’s always important to drink water, especially if you’re a runner. Dehydration can cause muscle tightness and cramping, so it’s important to remember to drink water throughout the day, not just right before or after you run.
DON’T OVERLOOK YOUR REST DAYS
Lastly, remember to rest! It can be easy to overlook your rest days, especially if you’re super excited about the race you’re training for. But your muscles need time to recover and repair themselves. If you neglect your rest days, you’re much more likely to end up with tight muscles and injuries!