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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 3:06 pm 
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I went on the first long hike of the season yesterday and after the drive home was super stiff and could barely walk.  I've been using this magnesium lotion for my feet and decided to slather some on my sore muscles.  Amazed at how well it worked.  I immediately had relief and today I'm not so stiff, but maybe it's coming tomorrow.

Other than drinking plenty of fluids what do you do to speed recovery from hikes?
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 3:40 pm 
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The biggest thing that's helped me is loading up on vitamin C the day before the big trip.  5000mg is what I aim for but even 2000 or 3000 helps.  It's been shown to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that you get from a hard workout.  You have to have it in your system before the workout. It won't work after the fact.
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 3:49 pm 
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 4:00 pm 
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do another hike.  If you are always in pain, you will never notice pain.

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 4:03 pm 
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iron wrote:
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Stefan wrote:
do another hike.  If you are always in pain, you will never notice pain.

another big hike seems to keep me from getting the "second day" stiffies.

Or you could be like Gronk and hit the CBDs.

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 4:06 pm 
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I've always liked Endurox R4 or anything with a ton of anti-oxidants
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 4:28 pm 
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Stretch.

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 5:12 pm 
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Tom wrote:
Other than drinking plenty of fluids what do you do to speed recovery from hikes?

Don't get old.

I have mild arthritis or bursitis, after my hike and bike to Lookout Mt, I took an 800 mg anti-inflammatory, washed it down with 3 beers a 3 shots of whiskey, my joints felt fine today, a little stiff, but my head hurt some..

Best thing for stiff joints and arthritis imho is simply to keep moving, stretch, etc, I loosen up fairly quickly now, last year I felt like I was 80.

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 5:24 pm 
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The times when you really don't want to (because you're still sore from too much fun) are there times it'll help the most.  Easy spin, no real exertion, just get the blood moving through your legs.
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 6:28 pm 
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All of the above, then more stretching.
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 7:12 pm 
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Stretch, hot tub, shower, single malt, and vitamin I.

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 7:17 pm 
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Malachai Constant wrote:
Stretch, hot tub, shower, single malt, and vitamin I.

Yas, and in THAT order, reversed one might pass out while in the hot tub..

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 8:11 pm 
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The salve sounds interesting.

My routine is to make my first uphill/downhill walk in spring at Copper Ck, the one near Staircase. Not even very much of it. Walk up, eat lunch at snowline, walk back down. Slight soreness for a day or so. After that no problems.

I’ve tried running the stairs at LA Fitness all winter. That wasn’t adequate.

Stop at Hardware Distillery in Hoodsport on way home.

Best.
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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 8:23 pm 
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Couple beers. Burger. Sleep.

Then limp in to work the next day, making it real obvious till someone inquires as to my weekend. Then I have earned the opportunity to boast about my huge achievements!!

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PostTue Aug 27, 2019 8:40 pm 
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Nothing works like a good workout.  Another hike, some outdoor basketball, it doesn't matter, anything to force all the sore stuff to work.
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