Hello!! HAPPY Monday :D
How are you?! How was your weekend? Didn't the weekend go lightning fast...lol?! Maybe it feels that way because of Daylight Savings...BUT...i definitely LUV LUV LUV when it stays light out longer! BRING IT ON...more time to be PRODUCTIVE!!
Today's post is how to fix sore muscles using ache-erasing tape. You've probably seen runners or people at the gym wearing colored tape on their shoulders, knees, or ankles. It's called KINESIO TAPE and can be purchased at many stores. The tape supports and relaxes muscles, increases range of motion and circulation, and reduces pain. I've used it on my clients in the Central Coast (I miss all my babes :D) and will continue to suggest it to my new clients in the Valley. The tape is sweat-proof and waterproof, so it won't fall off even during a tough session. It helps muscles move in the correct plane of motion, which eases tension. For the best results, use the tape and foam rolling. Try it with the following tips ;)
Where it goes: Apply the tape on top of the muscle(s) that feel tight or sore. It's most commonly used around the shoulders, lower back, knees, and Achilles tendon, but you can put it anywhere, even on your neck to prevent soreness during a long bike ride, or on wrists that tend to bother you while holding a plank.
How to apply it: Cut a strip of tape, remove the backing, and place it directly on clean, dry skin. If you have tight muscles or an overuse injury, apply the tape without stretching it. But pull it taut when putting it on areas that are chronically achy or have limited range of motion.
Make a cross: Place a strip perpendicular to the injured area. For example, if you're feeling soreness around your Achilles, first apply a length of tape vertically up the calf from the heel, then add another across the tendon in the most painful spot. The extra tension over that point can relieve pressure.
Be SMART...if you're training the same muscle group everyday, your body won't have a chance to recover, so don't use the tape if you need to rest ;)
Have a FITastic couple of days!
Be sure to check back in on Wednesday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist