There is nothing like the feeling of completing a good workout. Your endorphins kick in, adrenaline is pumping, and your confidence is soaring.
Oh yes, the post-workout high is fantastic, until the post-workout pain takes over. The older you get, the more familiar you are with this concept. Finally, there is some good news for those of us who understand that can barely walk feeling after a good fitness routine. According to Men's Health, there are some hacks you can do so you don't have to suffer through soreness during or after you exercise.
First, try drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice. Antioxidant properties in the juice have been proving to help reduce muscle pain and weakness, especially after an intense workout. Another juice option is watermelon, which is not as tart as the cherry. The juices need to be natural though, no additives or preservatives.
Eating a banana to ensure you are getting enough potassium will help you with muscle cramps and dehydration during your workouts. It doesn't help with muscle soreness, but it is great for staying hydrated.
Give your sore body some much need love by rolling it on a foam roller or lacrosse ball. Roll your sore muscles on one of these tools to help alleviate pain and tightness. Now, it will hurt while you are doing it, but it's fantastic for relieving future soreness. Applying pressure to the knot will force the elastic fibers to move out from the bundle and back into their original alignment.
Taking a torture shower is one of the best ways to help with sore or stiff muscles. The reason it is called torture is that you alternate between hold and cold in the shower for about 20 seconds on each temperature. By contrast, it helps fight tension as it improves your blood flow. It works wonders and is not as treacherous as it sounds.
Finally soaking in a nice hot tub will do wonders for your post-workout pain. You will find that your mind and body relax, as the bath soothes aches and improves circulation. Adding Epson salt to the tub have proven extremely useful for reducing sore muscles.
You don't necessarily have to do all of the these every day after your workout. However, incorporating a couple of them will help your post-workout pain immensely.