With the turn of each New Year, creating and maintaining an active lifestyle is a priority on nearly everyone’s calendar.  One familiar experience that individuals have commonly felt after a new or intense exercise program is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).  Eccentric exercises are predominantly known to heighten the effects of DOMS.  An eccentric contraction is when the muscle is elongating while contracting against resistance, like lowering your forearm while performing a bicep curl.  The typical symptom of soreness peaks 24-48 hours after exercising and reduces within 96 hours.  The severity of muscle soreness can be a result of the intensity at which the exercise is performed, the duration, and the newness of the workout routine. 

In order to maintain an active lifestyle and not become discouraged from continuing an exercise program, here are two treatment routines used for sore calf muscles that can be performed to decrease the effects.       

Cold water immersion- Foam Roller- Static Stretching Routine  
Dynamic Stretching – Static Stretching – Ice Message – Compression Sleeves Routine  
Using these techniques will ensure that you’ll maintain the ability to continue in reaching your goals and stay active as you exercise.