Five simple solutions for sore muscles

Help speed up the post-workout recovery process.

woman with muscles
Lift, massage, repeat.Scott Webb via Unsplash

Sore muscles are an almost inevitable part of building strength, muscle, or athletic performance. While a professional massage therapist can be incredibly beneficial in helping ease pain, most folks don't have the cash to spend on a session after every grueling workout. To help take care of soreness and tightness daily, there are simple and easy solutions you can try on your own. Here are some of our favorites to get you started.

Weleda Massage Oil, Arnica

Weleda Massage Oil, Arnica
You can easily incorporate this oil into a massage.Amazon

If you're planning on giving or receiving a massage, the Weleda Massage Oil is a good option. It contains arnica, which is used for a variety of purposes including relieving muscle pain after exercising. It will have a warming and calming effect on your muscles when you rub it onto your skin.

T-Relief Extra Strength Pain Relief Cream

T-Relief Extra Strength Pain Relief Cream
A cream you can apply daily.Amazon

If you’re looking for a cream you can apply and actually feel the relieving effects (rather than just hope it’s working), the T-Relief Extra Strength cream is a great option. T-relief contains arnica as well as 12 other natural pain relievers and can also soothe minor joint pain. You can rub it onto your shoulders, back or other common areas of tension, and you’ll feel a cooling sensation a few minutes after you’ve applied it.

Epsoak USP Epsom Salt

Epsoak USP Epsom Salt
Add it to a relaxing, warm bath.Amazon

Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, is a simple home remedy to ease sore or tense muscles. Epsoak USP Epsom Salt is unscented and the grains are medium size (.2 -.3 mm), so they will dissolve in warm water quickly. You can put a few cups in a full bath or just use it for your feet.

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
A fun and effective alternative to stretching.Amazon

You might find foam rollers provide more relief to tight muscles than stretching does. You can use the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller for your quads, calves, back, and lats. The ridges on this one help make a deeper impact. The product also comes with an online video that will teach you some basic foam rolling techniques.

Kieba Massage Lacrosse Balls for Myofascial Release

Kieba Massage Lacrosse Balls for Myofascial Release
To treat more specific pain points.Amazon

These can be a solution to help ease sore shoulders. You lie on your back and use the Kieba massage balls to apply pressure to the painful area. They are firm enough that you can apply them to specific knots and tension points, and you can also use them for your back, neck, legs, and feet.