Apart from rest what can be done about sore legs?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 18 Jul 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    Today I did not ride. My legs ache like crazy...dunno why because I didnt do much more than has become normal recently..I was riding against strong winds though....anyway I wondered if I could be doing something to reduce the sore aching muscles in my thighs other than an sofa and a good film?...oh yeah and the wife already told me that sweedish massages are off the menu :biggrin: :tongue:

    ok...this is an edit...

    I should have googled before posting...doh :?: ...anyway I found this site to be useful, so I'll put up a link incase anybody else has similar pain:

  2. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I think also having a good post ride recovery product/food is also important . You need to replenish lost glycogen and get some decent protein et-al to rebuild any muscle damage and also ensure that your body is re-hydrated.

    The sooner you vcan get the recovery process started post-ride, the better.
    A really cheap but effective solution that I use is to have half to a pint of Milkshake (Nesquick + ss milk) occasionally backed-up with a banana as soon as I get in from a hard session. Get me-self and bike cleaned and sorted and then some proper food.

    Milk-shake is low GI and also quite satiating (keeps the munchies/sugar craving at bay), the tryptophan in the milk protein aids relaxation, Calcium's good as are many other bits and pieces in the milk.
    The Banana helps restore pottasium to the system and again is high in tryptophan aiding relaxation.

    No harm in trying!
  3. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ..excellent...I'll mix up a home made 'nanna milk shake...one of my favourites anyway :tongue:
  4. Baggy

    Baggy Cake connoisseur

    If your legs are really bad I'll vouch for a sports massage. Get some big burly physio to do it, then your wife can't object :tongue:
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Good advice ref the food, but in addition I find a short and light 'spinning ride' helps!!!!!
  6. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    N Ireland
    At the end of a shower spray your legs with alternate hot/cold water only for a couple of mins each for a few turns each. That gets the blood flowing and is supposed to flush toxins from the muscles. It works well for me after both running and cycling.
  7. Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond

    Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond New Member

    Rather than the shower method, go hardcore and immerse yourself in a bathful of cold water. Empty and then have a bath at your normal temp. Lots of lovely new blood pumping round your pins and rather exhilarating.
  8. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ..yes but won't that make my nob even smaller after a ride?
  9. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    If you have sore legs do you still worry about the size of other things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  10. i've found pineapple juice works for me. i was told about it some years ago and thought it was a p!55 take but tried it anyway.if my legs have been aching for a few days then i have half a carton a day for a couple of days and they're ok.the "active ingredient" is supposed to be something called bromelyn(?) not sure of the spelling
    if i'm doing a lot of rides in a week i drink it every day.
  11. OP

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I'll try it thanks.
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    hah! pineapple juice

    have this in the fridge lately as it's on special in Tescos, that what calls to me after getting home and it sure hits the spot
  13. Joe

    Joe Über Member

    My shower does this of it's own accord!;)
  14. Paula Radcliffe approach - fill wheelie-bin with iced water, climb in for 10 minutes after exercise.

    Putting the shower on cold and running it over your legs is the less extreme version.

    But don't sit in a hot bath after hard exercise.
    Radox might not agree, but this will make things worse - you use a cold compress not a hotpack on bruise or sprain, which is essentially what you've got after a hard session.
  15. Bromelain, obtained from pineapple, is a NSAID like ibuprofen, so will reduce swelling and inflammation.

    You can buy it in Holland & Barret, Healthspan, etc - or as you suggest, drink pineapple juice
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