After a workout at the Surfset Toronto studio, whether it’s the surf circuit, the blend or the build classes, chances are that you will most likely feel sore after any one of these fantastic workouts. Muscle soreness is caused by various factors such as weakened muscles, lactic acid buildup, or inflammation after a grueling workout. We’re HealthMax Physiotherapy, a group of physiotherapy clinics located in Toronto and we help manage pain, reduce soreness, and rehabilitate injuries. Here are five ways that can help reduce post-workout soreness.
Berries have an anti-inflammatory compound in its skin called anthocyanins that have been clinically proven to reduce soreness. While studies are still being conducted, this anti-inflammatory compound is found in high concentrations in some of your favourite berries. Your surfing workouts are great for improving balance, coordination, flexibility and strength, and a proper diet will give you the optimal performance that you have been waiting for. After a Surfset Toronto, take a handful of cherries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries and you will feel better in no time.
The soreness that you experience after a workout may just be a symptom of dehydration. After a Surfset class, your body has moved in unfamiliar ways that are different than those you do throughout your day, and this requires a lot of energy. Be sure to hydrate after every class, and remember that water is not your only option! Reward yourself with something delicious like a healthy smoothie, coconut water, or hydration mix found at your local health store.
At our physiotherapy clinics, we are constantly stressing the importance of good blood circulation, and how stretching after a class can indeed reduce soreness. A lot of soreness is caused by lactic acid buildup, so make sure you do dynamic stretches both before and after your Surfset classes.
While a warm bath may seem comforting and helpful after a workout, it’s actually counter-intuitive. The heat will limit muscle spasms and has other great effects, however it may also create an inflammatory response, thus increasing the pain. There’s a reason why the best athletes in the world opt for ice baths and cryotherapy after practices as opposed to warm baths. Apply ice to sore muscles and the soreness should disappear.
Topical Pain Relievers
While painkillers are never recommended for muscle soreness unless the pain is extreme, topical ointments are perfectly safe. Products like Biofreeze, Tiger Balm, and Vicks Vaporub will reduce your soreness in a matter of minutes. These products essentially stimulate your skin, blocking the pain signal that is coming from your brain. They also stimulate the nerve system, making your brain simply forget about the pain.
If you’re recovering from an injury, would like to find out more about injury prevention or battling a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, we could help! Please visit one of our clinics to find out more and we want to give special thanks to SurfSet Toronto for allowing us to reach out to their awesome community!