As fantastic as an early morning workout can be, it can sometimes be tough to find the motivation you need to exercise when your legs are aching from the previous day's hard work. Whether you spend a lot of time walking flat or hard surfaces, or you enjoy a morning run each day, there are plenty of ways that you can add additional strain and discomfort to your muscles.
If your legs feel tired at night, with muscle aches stopping you from getting a good night's sleep, and you find that you continue to struggle with discomfort in the morning - even after you've worn your calf compression bands and knee sleeves to promote good circulation - then the following tips might help. The steps available to revive your tired legs are easier than you think.
Step 1: Know When to Rest with Knee Sleeves
The first step may seem simplistic, but it's one that many people with exercise and fitness goals seem to forget about when they're trying to achieve something incredible in their workout routines. Sitting down a few times each day - particularly if you're used to standing all day, wearing knee sleeves at your job, and ignoring the temptation to push yourself farther than you can reasonably manage, should reduce your chances of delayed onset muscle soreness.
Step 2: Help Muscles Relax at Night
Getting up early and heading off to the gym or track with your calf compression band, or knee brace sleeve is a great way to energize yourself for the day ahead. However, it's important to remember that at the end of a long day, you should be boosting your recovery wherever possible. Your calf compression band could help here, by improving circulation throughout your legs. Alternatively, you can also try a warm bath to relax your muscles and reduce your feelings of discomfort or strain.
Step 3: Remember to Stretch
Before any workout, it's important to prepare your muscles for the activity ahead. Performing calf-stretching exercises before your fitness routine can reduce your chances of muscle fatigue and painful cramps. One good way to stretch your calf muscles is to lean forward against a wall, with one foot in front of the other. Keep your back leg straight and try to place your heel on the floor. Remember to ensure your front leg is bent, and hold the pose for up to thirty seconds before switching feet.
Step 4: Wear the Right Accessories
Part of making sure that you don't end up with achy legs at the end of a workout routine or a long day at work is ensuring that you're supporting your feet and muscles with the right equipment. A good pair of running shoes support the arches in your feet as you move to limit the discomfort that you get when you attempt to adjust to running on flat surfaces. At the same time, your calf compression band and knee sleeves will prevent blood from pooling in your feet, which can cause a feeling of fatigue and achiness throughout your lower extremities.