Will hot tubs help with lactic acid and muscle soreness?

  • manpit209

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    May 20, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
    I'm so sore today after my workout yesterday. Would hot tubs or steam room/sauna be of any help to relieve the muscle soreness? I haven't been this sore in a LONG time! Thanks for any feedback. I'm hoping for some relief real soon!
  • tazzari

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    May 21, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    The best relief for sore muscles is a warm-down and and stretching.

    A warm-down should be 5-10 minutes of very easy aerobic movement; this promotes circulation, utilizes the "muscle pump" (flexing muscles lightly will move blood around), and allows the body to dissipate built-up toxins such as lactic acid.

    Stretching will do much the same, and increase muscle-movement and range-of-movement.

    That said, a sauna or hot tub can be great - but be careful not to dehydrate further: drink lots (of water!).

    We're you just getting back to working out after a break? I always overdo it when I've had a break!

    Good luck

    Nat




    Nat Brown taught and coached cross-country running and skiing for 16 years before joining the US Biathlon Team as wax technician. In 1989 he switched to the US Cross-Country team. He was the first American to take over technical services for a foreign team (Slovenia) and worked also for Germany and Sweden. He has coached at 3 Olympics and 14 World Championships, edited Nordic Update for 9 years and Cross-Country Skier for 2. He has written three books on skiing and training; the latest was The Complete Guide to Cross-Country Ski Preparation (Mountaineers Books) which has gone through two editions and a Russian translation. He spends as much time as he can at his ranch in British Columbia where he most recently hosted a pre-Olympic training camp for Slovenia.
  • manpit209

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    May 22, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    I get sore like this when I change up my routine. I tried the hot tub yesterday and it did help a little. I'm a lot less sore today but I'm not sure how much of that has to do with me sitting in the hot tub. Thanks for your response!
  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    May 22, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
    epsom salt baths always relieve stiffness and soreness for me. Back when I played fball I would do them everyother night during two a days and the next day I would feel fresh!
  • cowboyathlete

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    May 22, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    A hot tub has done wonders for me.
  • manpit209

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    May 22, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 saidepsom salt baths always relieve stiffness and soreness for me. Back when I played fball I would do them everyother night during two a days and the next day I would feel fresh!


    Do you use this in a hot/warm bath? I'm assuming you use your home bath for this?
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    May 22, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    Short answer is: yes, definitely.





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  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    May 22, 2010 6:11 PM GMT
    manpit209 said
    ChilaxinJOCK09 saidepsom salt baths always relieve stiffness and soreness for me. Back when I played fball I would do them everyother night during two a days and the next day I would feel fresh!


    Do you use this in a hot/warm bath? I'm assuming you use your home bath for this?


    yea i used to use the big bath in our house's master bedroom....with hot water
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    May 22, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    ChilaxinJOCK09 said
    manpit209 said
    ChilaxinJOCK09 saidepsom salt baths always relieve stiffness and soreness for me. Back when I played fball I would do them everyother night during two a days and the next day I would feel fresh!


    Do you use this in a hot/warm bath? I'm assuming you use your home bath for this?


    yea i used to use the big bath in our house's master bedroom....with hot water


    you can come and use my bath icon_rolleyes.gif