Top Three Ways To Get Rid Of Muscle Pain In Your Legs

Muscle pain in your legs can be caused by too much or too little.  I’ll tell you about that and then I will give you three ways to get rid of the pain in your muscles and joints.

Joint pain, too?  Yes.  Often we think it’s the joint when it’s actually muscle pain.  So these three ways will help your joints feel better, also.

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Avoid Back Pain By Skipping Sit-Ups And Crunches

If you have back pain, you’ve probably heard that you should do sit-ups.  While strong abdominal (stomach) muscles are good, sit-ups can be not so good.  Here’s why:

  • Your abdomen is basically the “front of your back.”  Some of the muscles that attach to your spine are actually accessible through your soft abdomen by a trained massage or muscle therapist.  Sometimes the muscles in the “front of your back” are the ones that cause your lower back pain.
  • When you do sit-ups, the movement removes the natural curve from your lower back; it makes it flatter.  The curve is good–it’s there for a reason.
  • When you do sit-ups, it’s easy to strain your neck muscles.
  • Sit-ups shorten your abdominal muscles.  Short muscles in front help flatten your lower back and take away your natural curve.  Short muscles in the front of your body make it harder to keep good posture.  Good posture helps prevent back pain.

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Simple Strengthening Tip #2 – Pumping to Strengthen Your Backside

The first time I watched an exercise video that used small pumping movements I thought, “ha! That won’t do anything.”

I tried it and as I followed along, I thought, “ha! This isn’t doing anything.”

I was wrong.  So very, very wrong.

I was so sore the next day.  Those simple little pumping movements create a lot of muscle activity, quickly.

Since the muscles we most need to build are those in back of our body, those are the ones we’ll talk about.  These are the muscles that hold us upright, straight and strong.

Here’s how to use these simple little pumping movements.

To strengthen the back side of your upper arm:  Lift your elbow slightly so it is behind you.  Squeeze your shoulder blades a bit toward your spine.

Now, lift your elbow just a little bit more, then go back to your starting point. Lift, lift, lift, lift.  Each pumping movement is that quick.  You can do both arms at the same time.

To strengthen the backside of your thigh and gluteals (buttocks):

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Can Your Mind Make Your Body Strong?

I had a client who was paralyzed.  All Gloria could do was talk and eat, when someone gave food to her.

But, boy, could she ever visualize!

She would actually visualize herself exercizing so well that she would make her muscles ache.

When I would see her, she would say, “Oh, I am so sore.  I did fifteen repetitions.”  She would tell me which exercise she had “done.”

Every time, I would say, “Gloria, if you would just “do” one, instead of fifteen, you would not be sore.”  She would tell me that she knew, but it just felt so good.

She had done the movements only in her mind, yet she did them with such imagination and with such belief, that her body responded as though she was actually, physically doing them.

Research has been done with athletes who practice “only in their mind” while hooked up to monitoring devices.  The monitoring machines show the same kind of muscle response that they would have if they were actually performing the exercise.

If you can put yourself into a relaxed state, a meditative state, you can visualize yourself doing things with your muscles that you might not yet be able to do very well.  When you are that relaxed, your muscles won’t know the difference between really moving or imagining that you are moving.  They will get the same message.

Your muscles will start to become re-activated.  They will start to become strong.

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