Posted on August 1, 2018
It’s that time of year again. Good Luck to all taking part, whether it’s your 1st or 15th. We all know we can get a little bit stiff after a run. So here at Health and Exercise Matters we want to help you get on top of this as soon as possible with some handy hints.
- Keep moving. You may be sore and stiff afterwards but it is important to keep moving as much as you can ‘Motion is Lotion’. Total rest will just make any stiffness last longer. After crossing that finish line walk a little. Little walks the same day are a great start, even around the home. Next day try to get out for a while and tackle stairs as well.
- Rehydrate and re-nourish. This is an often overlooked factor. As soon as you can have some water and fast acting carbohydrate (e.g. bananas, or even chocolate!). Keep rehydrating throughout the day.
- A hot bath and foam roller is a great idea. Target those leg muscles and lower back. Follow this with some gentle stretches. Targets are the Calves, Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Groin, Piriformis, Gluts’, Hip Flexors and Lower Back.
- Keep stretching. Little and often, until soreness subsides. Hold for longer as things improve.
Remember, soreness is natural. It is part of the healing process. Managing this properly is a good thing.
Our sister company Physiotherapy Matters have good availability the week after for a recovery massage or for help with any nags or niggles post-run. To book call reception on 0191 285 8701.