Poor lifestyle habits will always lead to chronic health issues. Having an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity and sloppy posture all contribute towards weight gain, heart issues and joint problems. A common health complaint that most people have these days is muscles stiffness.
Muscles stiffness is that feeling of tightness in the muscles that makes it difficult for you to carry out different activities. The common symptoms are pain, cramping and even inflammation. It not only leads to discomfort but even makes you more vulnerable to injuries. The good thing, though, is how easy it is to get rid of this problem by doing some simple things at home. The following are some simple tips to flex your muscles and release the tension stored in your muscles.
Stretching is one of the best methods of making your muscles flexible and reducing stiffness. It helps in increasing blood circulation in the body and reducing inflammation and stiffness. There are no specific stretching exercises that you should do. Just generally moving your head side-by-side or stretching your hands upwards can do wonders. If possible, try some basic yoga asanas like Mountain and tree pose.
Have the right posture
Sitting or sleeping with a wrong posture can injure your spine and stiffen your joints. People generally tend to slouch while watching television, which can cause neck pain as well as back pain. Consciously maintaining a good sitting and sleeping posture can prevent muscle stiffness. Keep your spine straight and your laptop at eye level so that you are not forced to bend your neck.
Massaging has been hailed as the holy grail of a healthy body by Ayurveda from the beginning. Massaging your body gently with some warm oil is very beneficial for reducing muscle tension and soreness. It is also good for your mental health. It relaxes and rejuvenates your mind. The best time to massage yourself is 30 minutes before taking a bath.
It is not very common knowledge but dehydration can also be the cause for your tight muscles. As most of us stay inside all day long, you might not feel particularly thirsty and drink less water. But don’t let this be an excuse for not hydrating yourself. Water is a necessity for every human being. It helps in carrying nutrients to different parts of the body flushing out toxins from the body. So, drink at least 2 litres of water daily. You can set a reminder to drink water at regular intervals.
Having a warm salt bath at the end of the day will do amazing things to your body. It will relax the muscles, calm your mind and help you fight tiredness. Take a warm bath or a warm shower before going to bed for a good, sound sleep. If you don’t like showering at night then you can apply a cold or hot compress on your stiff muscles for some relief.
Stay healthy, stay safe 🙂