5 Ways to Treat Sore Muscles

5 ways to treat sore muscles emu spirit

Summer “fun in the sun” usually means you’re pushing your body more than usual. Instead of sitting at your desk, you’re biking at the park or running on the beach, enjoying the outdoors. An increase in activity is great for your health, and you may feel that pain in your muscles, but significant muscle soreness could be the result of small tears in muscle fibre that combine with an inflammatory process within. You’ll notice this type of soreness after more challenging or unfamiliar exercise: lack of strength, sore muscles, decrease of muscle contractability and muscle stiffness.

If your body needs a little help with the recovery process, try one of these 5 tips:

5 ways to treat sore muscles emu spirit

1. Do an active cool down

Instead of resting complete after exercise, try a 50% decrease in activity instead. Spending more time cooling down to make your muscles recover easier, for example, doing 20 minutes of low or moderate intensity cycling after a strength work out. Researchers believe it has to do with better blood flow, which reduces blood lactate (the metabolic by-product that makes your muscles sore).

5 ways to treat sore muscles emu spirit

2. Use a foam roller

While it may be super painful, foam rolling on sore muscles seriously helps repair your muscles. It is speculated that foam rolling decreases the swelling in the muscles and enhances tissue healing. Studies showed that foam rolling immediately after exercise and again 24 hours later may reduce muscle tenderness.

5 ways to treat sore muscles emu spirit

3. Consume antioxidants and protein frequently in the next 24 hours

If you haven’t tried a protein shake after a workout or high intensity activity, you should. It does more than just refuel your muscles, but actually aids in the recovery of muscle function. Adding antioxidants to your meal in the next 24 hours can further improve the recovery of your muscles even more. Try to load up on protein like chicken or fish, and antioxidant-rich foods like pomegranate and kale, and watch your recovery time drop.


5 ways to treat sore muscles emu spirit

4. Get a massage

An obvious remedy for good reason; massages really do help get rid of sore muscles. Massage stimulates mitochondria in cells, which promotes cell function and repair. Studies have found that a post-exercise massage significantly reduces pain, because it reduces the release of compounds that cause inflammation in the body.

5 ways to treat sore muscles emu spirit

5. Use emu oil

Speaking of anti-inflammation, emu oil is your best mate when it comes to finding a massage oil that does double duty – not only is it a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces muscle pain, it’s coupled with superior skin-penetrating properties which allows the emu oil to penetrate the outer layer of skin and absorb much more effectively to heal from deep within. Additionally, emu oil increases blood circulation which speeds up your skin’s healing time too.

 

4 Summer Treats with Emu Oil

 4 summer treats with emu oil

Our taste buds tend to shift in summer weather – opting for salads instead of warm hearty meals and enjoying summer treats more often; from ice cream cones to milkshakes. We may even relax a little on our diets (especially when we’re on holiday), but then face the guilty look in the mirror once summer is over!

Enjoying summer treats doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure! Just opt for slightly healthier fare; and give each dish an extra health booster with emu oil.

Here’s 4 ways you can add emu oil to your favourite summer food…

4 summer treats with emu oil

Fruit Smoothie

A simple smoothie is a refreshing, fruity drink that’s perfect for getting your daily dose of vitamin C into the mix too.  The smooth icy texture also helps to hide the consistency of the emu oil.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of ice
– 5 cubes of mango
– 1 spoonful of passionfruit pulp
– 1 banana
– 1 spoonful of lemon juice
– 1 dollop of sorbet or yoghurt
– 1 spoonful of emu oil

Method:
The great thing about smoothies is they’re super easy to make and there are no rules! You can simply eye ball your portions to suit your personal taste. Blend the ice, sorbet, mango, passionfruit, banana and lemon together until smooth. Add a spoonful of emu oil and mix thoroughly.

4 summer treats with emu oil

Morning Cereal

Start your day right with your favourite cereal of choice. The key is to drizzle in honey for some sweetness, but incorporate the emu oil into the honey to wrap the textures together.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of cereal
– 1 handful of blueberries
– 1 drizzle of honey
– 1 spoonful of emu oil
– ½ cup of milk

Method:
There’s no specific method here – just make your cereal your way! We’ve chosen an all-bran for the high fibre content. We like to add some blueberries for a hit of antioxidants, and drizzle honey together with pure emu oil for a hint of sweetness.

4 summer treats with emu oil

Granola Bowl

Whether you’re kick starting your day or craving an afternoon snack, a granola and yoghurt bowl is a healthy alternative for your gut. You’ve got the calcium, protein, vitamins and probiotics covered with the yoghurt – add a dash of pure emu oil for the anti-inflammatory properties.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup of granola
– 1 cup of yoghurt
– Half an apple (sliced)
– 1 spoonful of honey
– 1 spoonful of emu oil

Method:
Layer your bowl with a cup of granola, and add a dollop of your favourite yoghurt. Add sliced apple for some texture and fibre, and drizzle the bowl with honey and pure emu oil. Stir through to mix the ingredients together.

4 summer treats with emu oil

Fresh Garden Salad

A refreshing light meal or side dish, a salad becomes a staple in summer. Salad dressing is the perfect way to incorporate emu oil into the mix. You can hide the taste within a tangy dressing and enjoy the health benefits with every bite!

Ingredients:
– Lettuce or leafy green salad mix, with tomato, avocado, cucumber and croutons
– Salad dressing made with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 3 tbsp olive oil and ½ tsp Dijon mustard, with salt and pepper, garlic and touch of honey and lemon juice

Method:
Roughly chop or dice all the vegetables and toss them into a salad bowl. Combine the salad dressing ingredients together in a jar and shake well. Add a few drops of emu oil into the salad dressing and toss lightly in salad bowl.