Loosen up

Friday, 1 June 2012

Loosen up!Keeping fit is great. Aches and pains, not so much. Runners of all intensities know the muscle soreness that can follow pounding the pavement. Read these at-home tips from Geraldine Abergas, spa manager at the Tribeca Equinox, on how to ease aches and pains after your next run.

Choose ice over heat.

The next time you’re sore, soak in a cool bath for 20-minutes instead of grabbing a heating pad. ‘Using heat after running will just cause more inflammation,’ says Abergas. ‘You’re better off dropping a few ice cubes in your bath water, and sprinkling in some Epsom salts – they help draw out minerals and toxins your muscles produce when running.’ (As for that pad: ‘Heat helps muscles relax, so use it on days you aren’t running before bed.’)

Snack on pineapple.

The juicy fruit contains bromelain – an ingredient known to help reduce inflammation, Abergas explains. ‘Cut some up and eat it after a run, or drink pineapple juice.’

Freeze your water bottle.

Yes, you should be drinking water while you run, but store an extra plastic bottle in the freezer to use as a massage tool post workout. ‘Frozen water bottles are great for feet trouble that runners sometimes experience. Roll the bottle over your arches and the balls of the feet to work out tightness,’ Abergas says.

Play ball.

‘Buy a lacrosse or squash ball and rub it over your quads, calves, and gluts,’ Abergas says. ‘They’re denser than tennis balls so they don’t give, and they can really help ease tension.’

Wait to book a massage.

You might think dialing up your massage therapist will help you feel better, but Abergas says to wait at least 36 hours before schedule a rub: ‘Your muscles need some time before manipulating the tissue.’

Originally written by Heather Muir, this article appeared on Allure.

Image: Ariwasabi/Shutterstock.com


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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Tasha

    This is very helpful – I thought massage would always help.

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I need this now! Exercised too much yesterday!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Who would have thought pineapple works for this?

    7 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Wonderful tips,will definitely try them

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    I always find myself in pain after an exercise. Will try these remedies.

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    CHECKERS supermarket is now selling DOLE pineapple juice (most of the pineapple juice we have here are mixed with other fruits) imported from the Philippines, a country known for having the best mango and pineapple and banana.

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Bring on the pineapple!!! Interesting article!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Affat

    interesting – learnt something today, especially about the pineapple

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    now I know what to do, thanks for the good advice.

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    thanks for the tips i usually just lie down afterwards

    7 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    So its ice against heat???I’ll remember that,next time I hit the road

    7 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    Thanx for the tips. My husband can use a few of them.

    7 years ago •

  1. Michelle Powell-Marinus

    This was a really informative article,i will try to utilise this info to the best of my ability after training.

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Never knew about pineapple, will try that next time!

    7 years ago •

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