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What helps sore leg muscles?

Asked by CloudXDream (71points) March 24th, 2010

I ran two miles today at track and my legs are killing me. Any tips on helping my legs?

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wonderingwhy's avatar

heat pack and some ice if the joints swell

WestRiverrat's avatar

A hot bath will help soothe the ache.

Best cure I have found, is once you get in shape don’t let yourself get out of shape. I know that is much easier said than done.

silverfly's avatar

“You know what can soothe a nasty burn? Pour sweet cream on it.”

judochop's avatar

Epsom salt baths and tiger balm sports cream.

fyoz's avatar

Stimulate the blood flow; massage your legs.

unique's avatar

also, keep running!

Soubresaut's avatar

I’ve always found that a nice warm shower and some gentle stretching helps—the warmth soothes the pain, and the stretching helps to clear out the lactic acid build-up faster. Just be sure it’s gentle stretching, and not ripping… that’ll hurt more. ; )

If you just ran, and need to eat something, eat something with protein and/or natural-sugar fructose (not high-fructose corn syrup or crystalline fructose, but fruit, or all natural fruit juice or something). Protein will help with muscle repair, and fructose, a natural fuel for muscles, will help un-deplete them.

… and enjoy the feeling! I love sore muscles, lol. It’s a “yes, I’ve accomplished something!” and a “here’s the muscle, feel it?” every step… Mmmm

mowens's avatar

Hot tub.

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zophu's avatar

Stretch more after exercising. If you exercise regularly, and stretch after doing so, you wont get sore. After you get used to it, that is. If you run a whole lot only every once in a while, there will always be a little soreness.

john65pennington's avatar

Take two aspirin. soak in a tub of hot water for 20 minutes. then pretend you are riding a bicycle in the tub. sounds silly, but it works. makes sure your legs are up in the air. do not rub your legs at all. a hidden blood clot may be hiding there and dislodge and travel to your heart.

RandomMrdan's avatar

stretching, stretching, and more stretching.

zophu's avatar


She’s 13, I don’t think she needs to avoid rubbing her legs for fear of a hidden bloodclot.

cazzie's avatar

Epsom salt baths are good. Your body can actually absorb the magnesium. But what usually causes pain after exercise is lactic acid. This builds up in the muscle because it’s the ‘waste product’ of expending energy. The idea is to get plenty of circulation in the muscles that are sore so that the blood and lymph systems can carry the waste away. Massage, warm bath, keep moving. Well done on the exercise!

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