Ellen’s Super-easy Self-care Tips
Tip #1 – Wear leggings and sleeves at night
So you just completed your first 5k. Or, you started a new cardio-step class … wearing a 25-pound backpack. Or, you spent the afternoon trimming raspberries and deadheading echinacea.
Whatever it was, all you know is that your quads are achy, your forearms are weary, and the thought of tomorrow’s stiffness looms over you like a cloud.
Fear not – here’s an easy remedy. My favourite home care for these situations is to massage a good amount of pain-relief rub into the achy muscles for 5 minutes or so before bed, and then put on my running tights or my running sleeves for sleep. I wake up the next day with little-to-no muscle stiffness, feeling a whole sight better, and able to jump into the day’s activities.
Wearing a covering like this keeps a layer of warmed air next to the muscles, so they don’t get cold and cramp up overnight. You might think that your blankets would do the same, but it’s the personalized air layer around each limb, glutes, shoulders, or neck that does the trick.
Running wear is ideal for this purpose:
- it’s breathable, but not very porous, so it keeps air next to your skin
- it’s snug along the limb and at the ankles and wrists, to keep cool air from sneaking up
- it stays put overnight to keep the warm air in
But wear what you have; be it tights, long underwear, or a turtle-neck tucked in at the waist. The key is to have a small enough weave to keep that lovely warmth next to your body.
Enjoy your activities, and use this tip to help you wake up ready to do it all again.
Photo credits: All photos are original to Body Poets Massage Therapy.