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Inflammation After Physical Activity: What You Need to Know

Do you often feel sore and achy after a workout? 

If so, you're not alone. Many people experience inflammation after physical activity. In this blog post, we will discuss what inflammation is, what causes it, and how to treat it. We will also provide some tips for preventing inflammation from occurring in the first place.

Why does Inflammation Occur?

Inflammation may occur for many reasons, but overexertion is one of the most common causes.

When you exercise too hard or simply overdo it during your workout routine, the end result may be increased inflammation in different areas of the body, such as muscles and joints.

Contributing Factors

There are also other factors that contribute to inflammation, those factors are vast however, some contributors include poor diet (high salt intake), dehydration from sweating out too much water while exercising without and/or simply not taking in enough fluids and also,  not getting enough rest between sessions due to lack of sleep or stress levels being high. Stress alone can make someone push themselves further than their body can currently cope, leading to increased stress, lower immunity and poorer health.  

Symptoms of Inflammation

Symptoms of inflammation can vary from person-to-person but they may include: feeling stiff and achy in your muscles, pain, swelling, redness, heat. Similarly you may find you have a loss of range of motion in the joint or muscle area. 

Suppose you're experiencing any of these symptoms after physical activity. In that case, it's best to take some time off from working out until the inflammation subsides and then start back slowly with a lower intensity routine to allow your body to adapt. 

You may also want to consider seeing a physical therapist who can do an evaluation and give you exercises specifically tailored for you that will help reduce inflammation and improve function.


There are many ways to treat inflammation such as self-care measures - these include rest, along with the heat and ice method to the affected area. Your GP is the best option for advice if this doesn't ease your symptoms, they may advise you to take anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen or Naproxen either via gel or orally.  

You can also try CBD products sold at places like CBDistillery to alleviate your inflammation. It's also important to note if there are other factors contributing to your inflammation you can address those too; like eating healthier foods without processed sugar, such as fruit instead of candy bars, when craving something sweet after dinner time. This will help reduce inflammation caused by poor diet choices and aid healing.

Physical Therapist

You should always consult with a physical therapist before starting any new exercise program for them to evaluate how much activity is appropriate based on your current state of health. One way they recommend preventing inflammatory responses from occurring due to physical activity (assuming no major health concerns that would contraindicate) is gradually increasing the duration, intensity, and frequency of your workouts. 

This allows your body to slowly adapt and get used to the new stresses being put on it from working out instead of going all-out during your first workout and then regretting it later because you're feeling sore for days afterwards.

By following these simple tips, you can help reduce inflammation after physical activity and continue being active without worrying about the negative side effects.

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