Exercising and weight loss have always been intrinsically linked for years, but new research has revealed that more and more women are working out for another reason. According to a recent poll of 2,000 gym goers, we’re hitting the treadmill to lower our blood pressure and cholesterol rather than drop the pounds.
Improving our health has officially become more important than loosening our waistbands. But, it has meant that more of us are being struck down by the next-day aches and pains, and in some cases injuries. The poll showed that women go to the gym around 15 times a month, which works out at three to four times a week. Yet, three fifths of those complained of tiredness and stiff, achy muscles after exercising.
Aside from ensuring you workout sensibly and give yourself ‘rest days’ in between your gym sessions, there are a few ways to help reduce achy limbs…
Take time to stretch
Post-workout stretching might add an extra five minutes onto your gym session, but it also helps to reset your body’s position and reduce those aches and pains. Focus on the areas that feel tight day-to-day, such as your chest, shoulders and glutes.
Up your magnesium levels
A surprisingly high amount of us are deficient in magnesium, which in turn can affect our energy levels, moods and sleep patterns. Shabir has written extensively about the benefits of magnesium here. The mineral is also good for helping to relax your muscles, making a bath filled with Better You Magnesium Flakes, £9.95, the perfect tonic to tight, achy limbs.
Flush out the lactic acid
When you wake up with stiff, achy legs the last thing you want to do is a round of squats, but it can make a huge difference to the rest of your day. Rather than hobbling along, try doing five to ten slow and steady squats when you get up. It will help flush out the lactic acid, which builds up in your muscles and joints after exercise.