Do you regularly have tight, cramping muscles? Do your legs or arms sometimes feel “heavy?” Do you feel fine when not exercising but fatigue easily?
It’s likely you need to tweak your diet and lifestyle a bit to properly exercise, rest, and replenish nutrients to aid in recovery. Many of us do not eat a truly “balanced diet” due to busy schedules and so even if we do prepare our own meals they are prepared several days in advance and they sit in the fridge until we have a minute to nuke them in the microwave and gobble them up on our way somewhere “important.”
In addition to the tips & tricks we discuss here to use the Rumble Roller and other SMR products, take a look at the two following products that Jeff Alexander endorses as easy to use and extremely effective for most people. One is a topical gel you apply as needed to reduce pain and inflammation, the other is a supplement that helps your muscles to relax. Used together they are a one-two punch that helps speed along your path toward pain-free movement.
That is what Jeff said in Austin, Texas at an event where he tried this product for the first time. Jeff has somewhat sensitive skin and in the past all he has ever felt from other topical analgesics has been a mild cooling sensation at first then a very uncomfortable sensation that just seemed like a chemical burn. Ben Gay, Tiger Balm, Biofreeze, and many other products work very well for many people…just not Jeff. He is very quick to say that his new adoration of Dr Hoy’s topical does not mean he won’t recommend any other product. However, for his own personal use he is not likely to use any other product.
Rub a little of this on a tight, achy spot an see if you feel it relax. In addition to the pain relief from the menthol & camphor, the anti-inflammatory response from the arnica can allow you to use the SMR tool of your choice to massage your muscle tension away with less pain while you do it.
Many of us simply do not get enough magnesium in our diet nor do we properly absorb the supplements we take to balance our nutrition. Add to that the caffeine, sugar, and other “junk” we put into our systems along with too little water and it is amazing that many of us can perform at any level.
Enter Natural Calm, a magnesium citrate powder that you place a teaspoon (or two) in a dry cup and then add 1-2 oz of hot water and stir. Now be aware it will fizz like an explosion, so use a large cup with only a little water at first. Add more hot or cold water to make a drink adequate for yourself.
Fifteen minutes later (if you got the dose right) your tight muscles will dramatically relax…seriously. It can be that easy. Not every tight muscle issue is this easy to fix, but the response from proper electrolyte balance is amazing! Magnesium is one of four commonly taken electrolytes (calcium which turns on the muscles, magnesium which helps turn them off, and sodium & potassium which aid in transport of these and other nutrients across the cell membranes).
When taken in this form it is very easy to control your dosage and determine if you are getting too much or too little. Not enough–no effect. Too much–bubbles in your guts (more on that below).
Jeff takes this 2 or more days a week, usually only 1 heaping teaspoon per glass. Be careful with “loading up” on this! Too high of a concentration in your drink will send you running to the bathroom with instant diarrhea (ewwww). But the good news is it is very easy to find your appropriate dose without risking any toxic effects. Just ensure you have 30 minutes or more of “free time” after you drink it any time you plan to up the dosage, just to be sure.
These two aren’t likely to be necessary every day, but they are a very influential part of overcoming some of the shortfalls we experience when trying to balance work, family, and play and our body doesn’t get the TLC it deserves. Good luck!