No pain, no gain…right?

No pain, no gain they say! Today’s post was inspired by one of my good friends.  I know many of you vowed to get back into shape in 2012, and if you haven’t worked out in a while, your muscles will ache as your body re-acclimates to daily exercise. There are so many ways to relieve cramps, soreness, and that next-day OMG I’m dying feeling.  Ice and ibuprofen (i.e. Advil) will help calm inflammation and a bath with Epsom salts will increase blood flow and promote healing.  We all know this, right?  But one of the best ways to get instant relief is to massage a warming product on the area that hurts. The naturally calming ingredients penetrate deep down to help loosen balled up muscles and prevent them from tightening up overnight. Don’t worry, you don’t have to deal with that medicinal Bengay odor either! Here are some suggestions that may help make your fitness transition a little easier.

  • LUSH Sore Labours Massage Bar –  This contains Clove bud oil which helps relax the muscles and cardamom oil which warms them up. The jasmine in this product will loosen stiff limbs as well. I’ve tried this and it actually helps.  Back when I used to work out, my trainer killed us with certain routines.  I found that taking the Advil, stretching and bathing with this bar helped quite a bit.  
  •  Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Lotion – This contains peppermint, lavender oil and seaweed extract. Peppermint will spur circulation, lavender will heal and the seaweed extract will reduce fluid build up. And finally;
  • Mind over matter!  Thinking about how much it hurts just makes it worse! So be proud of your accomplishment, stay motivated, excited and most importantly eat the right things because if you don’t, you’ll lose interest FAST!  

I hope you ladies find this helpful! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment!

xoxo – LovelyLin

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