What to Do When You Pull a Muscle From Working Out

Pulling a muscle sucks, and figuring out if it’s an actual strain that needs attention sucks even more. We’ve all experienced strains, cramps, soreness, and general tightness, but it doesn’t help that these all seem to cause varying degrees of similar pain. Here’s how to tell if it’s really a pulled muscle and what you can do about it.

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The RICE method is outdated, most progressive PTs, MTs and trainers are moving away from it, as it can actually delay healing. Even the originator of RICE is opposed to it.

“Feel the Burn” Is Bad Fitness Advice

“Feel the burn!” is an oft-repeated cue to get exercisers to work harder and longer than they normally would. A good many relish in this uncomfortable feeling, but depending on the circumstances, this “burn” isn’t always a reliable indicator of a good or effective workout. Here’s what’s going on and why “feeling the burn” is overrated.

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I like this approach because it pushes back against the pressure people feel to exercise a certain way with a certain attitude. I was having a similar conversation last week with a friend who teaches fitness classes. She said, “whatever works for you. whatever makes you happy”.

Practice Downhill Running to Prevent Soreness (and Get Faster)

Proper downhill running technique and strong quads are important to reducing soreness as you take to the trails. Below, the experts weigh in on how to descend without getting hurt.

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Be cautious of downhill running if you have knee (or ankle) problems though because running downhill adds a lot of impact that your muscles may not be able to absorb.

Soothe a Burnt Tongue with a Salt Water Solution

You knew your coffee was hot, but you just couldn’t go another second without the caffeine—and now your mouth is screaming in pain.

Chill. Here’s how to be your own dentist and treat the problem at home, along with DIY fixes for six other mouth maladies.

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This also works for canker sores, and a sore throat.