Kickboxing is a physical activity that is fun and high intensity. In fact, you can burn up to 800 calories in each class!
But kickboxing can also leave your muscles sore.
So if you’re feeling achy after kickboxing class, here are 3 surprising ways that could relieve some of that soreness.
1. Drink more coffee.
A recent study has shown that caffeine can interfere with the body’s ability to feel pain. So if you drink coffee an hour before class, you may not feel as sore as you normally would. The trick is to drink the right proportion for your body size. For maximum pain-blocking effect, the researchers recommend 2 mg of caffeine for each pound of body weight.
2. Take a dip in an ice bath.
Professional athletes have long used ice baths to loosen up sore muscles. A recent study reveals that there is a lot of truth behind this idea. For maximum relief, the water should be between 54 to 59 degrees. So if your tap water isn’t cold enough, throw in a couple of ice trays. When you’re just getting started, trying taking a dip for 30 seconds at a time. Then increase each week until you’re able to stay for 5 minutes at a time. It’s a great way to relieve sore muscles.
3. Exercise some more.
When it comes to relieving sore muscles, there’s something to be said for the old “hair of the dog” idea: that the best cure for what ails you is to have some more of it.
After your kickboxing class and cool down at Urban Martial Arts, your muscles will feel sore. So when you get a chance, do some more exercise to relax them.
It doesn’t have to be something as high intensity as kickboxing, but some jumping jacks or a quick jog can help a lot.
When you take up kickboxing, you’re signing up for a class that will help you lose weight, stay fit and healthy.
It will also give you sore muscles, which is not a bad thing, as it shows that you’re doing your body good. Still, if the soreness bothers you, try some of the tips in this article for relief.
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