Pumping up your workout regimen can lead to more energy and the body you’ve always aspired to have. But it inevitably comes with increased muscle soreness, too.

And, as we all know, this can make follow-up exercise days feel like sheer torture. Or, worse, prevent you from exercising altogether.

Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from aching arms, legs, or anything else. But you need to know how to heal sore muscles through effective post-workout muscle treatments.

Give these after-workout treatments a try so that you can get back on track to a fab new you.

Stay Hydrated, My Friend

If you want to reduce the risk of inflammation and cramped muscles, then you need to consume plenty of water during workouts. And no matter what you’ve read about fancy-schmancy athletic drinks, old-fashioned H2O remains your best bet.

There are times, however, where you may need to replace electrolytes and sodium lost through profuse perspiration. Especially when it’s boiling outside. In this case, supplement your intake of water with a sports drink.

Of course, there’s a caveat to this. Make sure that the supplemental beverage you choose is low in calories. Otherwise, you’ll drink back everything you’ve just attempted to burn off.

Stretch It Out, Baby!

Do you remember high school PE and all of the stretches you had to do at the beginning and end of class? Or, perhaps before athletic competitions?

Yeah, this stretch time might’ve felt awkward during your teen years. But don’t think you’ve outgrown the need to loosen up those quads and shoulders.

Stretching should be a regular part of your pre-workout routine. Why? Because it prepares your body for the movements to come and help warm up your muscles. It also reduces your risks of suffering tight and sore muscles later.

These should include dynamic stretches (stretches involving movement) before exercising. Think hip circles, arms circles, and leg pendulums.

And you’ll want to follow up with some static stretches (stretches you hold) at the end of your workout. These include moves like overhead tricep stretches and bicep stretches.

Savor Some Self-Massage

Massage represents one of the best ways to get muscles back in order after a workout. But few of us have access to a weekly, let alone daily, masseuse. Luckily, self-massage helps reduce muscle tightness and tension.

Self-massage is also a great way to go if your muscles feel so sore that you can’t imagine allowing anyone else near them. But you’ll want to enhance the effect of self-massage by using topical CBD.

From ointments to creams and CBD massage oils, many products allow you to take full advantage of the healing properties associated with CBD.

Self-massage with CBD-infused products as a regular part of your post-workout care means faster recovery and a more energized you. Check out this article to find out more about how to incorporate CBD into your daily care practice.

How to Heal Sore Muscles

If you’ve ever started a new fitness regimen with the best intentions in the world, only to be thwarted by chronically sore muscles, you’re not alone. But you don’t have to suffer anymore.

How to heal sore muscles?

By remaining hydrated, remembering to stretch correctly pre- and post-workout, and indulging in self-massage with CBD products. These regular practices will put your muscles on the fast track to healing and recovery.

Ready for more tips to help you get healthy and stay that way? Browse our health and fitness section now for the answers you need to get your dream body.

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How to Trick Your Brain into Making Better Decisions (Backed By Scientific Studies)

What are some tools to use for effective decision making? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing site where questions are answered by people with unique insights. This answer was shared by Charles Duhigg, staff writer for the New York Times and author of Smarter Faster Better, on Quora:

Here is what scientific studies say will help you make better decisions:

Thinking through various, contradictory possibilities, and then trying to force yourself to figure out which ones are more or less likely, and why. (This is known as probabilistic thinking, and studies show that it significantly increases the quality of people’s decision making.)

Say, for instance, that you are trying to decide whether your group of rebels should attack the Death Star. Seems like an easy decision, right?

After all, the Death Star is filled with jerks, and it has a big glaring weakness (that apparently no architect considered when designing the ship): one well placed shot can blow up the entire thing.

If you are some hillbilly from Tatooine, you’ll charge off into space. You’ll think about this decision in binary terms (“The Empire=bad. The rebels=good. What can go wrong?”)

But, if you are practiced at decision making, you’ll probably do something a bit differently: you’ll sit down with Adm. Ackbar, and you’ll try to envision the dozens of different outcomes that are possible. (“We could get defeated before we make it to the ship. We could make it to the ship and not have enough X-wings.

We could have enough X-wings but then miss the shot. We could make the shot but our intel could be wrong. We could have good intel and make the shot and the Death Star blows up, but our reward is Jar Jar Binks…” You get the point.)

Now, here’s the thing: you aren’t going to be very precise at assigning probabilities to all those possibilities. (“What are the odds that our intel is bad?”) But forcing yourself to think through all the possibilities and then simply TRYING to assign odds will be really helpful in revealing what you do and don’t know.

So, maybe you are pretty certain that your intel is good, and maybe you are pretty certain that, if they can get close to the Death Star, your pilots will hit the target (because, after all, you’ve got the force on your side), but you aren’t particularly certain that you have enough X-wings to make sure that you’ll get close to the Death Star.

Now you know which parts of your plan are weakest, you know what you need to learn more about and what problems you need to solve to increase the odds of success.

Our brains, left to their own devices, prefer to think about choices in binary terms. (And, from an evolutionary standpoint, this is really efficient.)

But to make better decisions, we have to force ourselves to think probabilistically – AND THEN WE NEED TO GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE FACT THAT PROBABILISTIC THINKING TENDS TO REVEAL HOW MUCH WE DON’T KNOW.

It is scary to confront uncertainty. It can make you crazy and anxious. That’s why it is so much easier to look at choices as binary options (“I’ll either succeed or fail”) or deterministic outcomes (“I ended up married to her because she was my soulmate.”)

But if you genuinely want to make better decisions, you have to fight that instinct, and make yourself think about multiple possibilities – both the good and the bad – and be really honest with yourself about what you do and don’t know (and what is knowable and unknowable.)

And then you have to take a leap, and make a decision, and see it as  an experiment that gives you data, rather than a success or failure that you should congratulate yourself on/beat yourself up about.

Because, unfortunately, the force doesn’t really exist. But probabilities do.

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