Sporting exertion puts a great deal of strain on muscles, tendons and joints. For a very long time, the use of heating gels or muscle heating creams has been known in the sports world to prepare the muscles for physical effort. But why is it so important to prepare your muscles before exercise? How to choose your heating gel or heating cream? Which heating gel or heating cream to use?
Why prepare your muscles before a sports activity?
Muscle warm-up allows the muscles to start their effort gently. Thanks to the warm-up, the body will release heat and increase the heart and breathing rate. This reaction generates a lot of energy and allows the muscles to relax. The tendons will also become more elastic and resistant to shocks.
How do you warm up your muscles before exercise?
The warm-up must be long enough to be effective, lasting at least 15 to 20 minutes. It must be complete and progressive, i.e. you must gradually increase the intensity of the warm-up, until it stimulates all the muscles that will be used during your sports activity.
In order to understand all the interest of the heating gel or the muscle heating cream, it seems necessary to understand that there are 3 types of additional warm-ups.
The 3 types of warm-up
An active physical warm-up consists of a series of exercises that gradually increase the heart rate. This natural reaction will provide the muscles with the necessary fuel to perform the effort. The active physical warm-up increases the body temperature and promotes the opening of capillaries (small blood vessels).
Passive warm-up is a warm-up without physical activity that uses other means to increase the local temperature of the muscles. These external methods include the use of a muscle warming gel or cream that will prepare the muscles for the effort. When applied locally, these sports products promote vasodilatation and a rise in temperature. Of course, the passive warm-up must be complemented by an active warm-up for maximum efficiency.
Often forgotten by athletes and yet very useful, the mental warm-up consists of visualizing the physical efforts to be made in order to record the information and concentration necessary for your physical effort.
Which products should be used to warm up the muscles?
To accompany your warm-up, you can use a muscle heating cream or a heating gel. These two sports products are known to help warm up. It is applied in particular to an area that you have chosen, in order to avoid an injury by effort or to aggravate a pain.
Why use a muscle warming gel when you are an athlete?
It is not uncommon to have muscle aches and pains after sporting activity. But then why use a muscle heating gel when you do sports? The warming cream for preparation for the effort does not provide muscular warm-up and stretching prior to the effort. On the other hand, thanks to its warming action, it will improve your warm-up. Your muscles will thus be more extensible, and it will also reduce tension.
The muscle heating gel provides a very pleasant and comforting warm sensation during sports activity. It prepares the muscles and joints before the effort, thus avoiding aches and pains in the muscles after the activity. Warming gel or cream provides a toning effect that can be felt throughout the entire duration of the physical effort.
How do I use a heating gel?
The muscle heating gel is used before the effort, in a toning massage on the desired areas, from the bottom to the top. The massage is used to make the beneficial properties of the heating gel penetrate as far as possible, so that their effects last throughout the duration of the sporting activity. It is necessary to wash your hands after using the muscle heating gel.
Which muscle heating gel should I choose?
There is a wide range of heating oils, heating gels and muscle heating creams on the market. However, not all of them are safe. Indeed, many of them are formulated with chemicals that are harmful to your health.
The best solution is to opt for an organic heating oil, an organic heating gel or a heating cream based on ingredients of natural origin. These sports care products will be much more respectful of your skin, but also of your health, because let's not forget: toxic ingredients penetrate the skin on application and therefore spread throughout the body.
There are many health risks associated with the use of chemical cosmetics, which can lead to illness when used. Cancer is the most reported problem according to studies. Some heating gels may contain endocrine disruptors, which are responsible for these diseases. Find out more on the subject: Why avoid endocrine disruptors in cosmetics?
EQ Love Organic Warming Toning Gel
To prepare your muscles before the effort, find the muscle warming gel EQ love on the Sybarite. This toning organic heating gel is composed of 100% ingredients of natural origin. It prepares your muscles and joints before sports activity, while giving you a pleasant feeling of warmth.
It is different from other heating gels for sports that are usually found, because the sensation of heat lasts over time. Unlike traditional heating gels, which offer an immediate effect but are more diffused over time. This organic heating gel is vegan and ideal for cold weather.
Composed of 3 natural ingredients, Camphor, Menthol and Pepper extract, it helps to reduce the sensations of discomfort during sports activities. This organic heating gel avoids muscle aches and pains. Its formula is adapted to the requirements of athletes, with a pleasant gel texture based on Aloe Vera. The product dries and penetrates quickly, which allows a fast application and result in all circumstances.
More than 85% of men who have used this organic warming gel have experienced a toning sensation after applying the product. In addition, this sports treatment is suitable for all skin types. All you have to do is try it!
Organic heated massage oil
EQ love's organic heated massage oil is invigorating before exercise and relaxing after physical activity. It promotes both muscle preparation and repair. Composed of Camphor, Menthol and Pepper extract, it offers a real regenerating moment of relaxation and well-being. Moreover, thanks to this warming oil, your skin regains softness and suppleness thanks to its nourishing active ingredients. Ideal in cold weather, this organic warming massage oil is perfect for modern and hurried sportsmen and women!
Combined with a massage, the heating cream has the same usefulness as the heating gel or the heating balm for sportsmen and women. It prepares for the effort by complementing warm-ups and muscle stretching before the sports session. In addition, it helps to relieve people who need to relax tension locally.
All products sold on the Sybarite website are "Eco Attentif", a cosmetic and food mention based on ecological, respectful and sustainable production criteria.
How to relax your muscles after exercise?
At the end of each session, it is essential to stretch to give the muscle its resting length. It is recommended to wait 15 minutes before stretching, as the muscle is still warm.
You can also take a hot shower to avoid aches and pains and to relax the muscles after exercise. Finally, sleep remains your best ally in recovering from your workout. A good night's sleep and off you go again!
Oil massage to relax muscles
Another technique to relax your muscles after exercise is to massage yourself (or better yet, get a massage!). For this, there are some ideal massage oils that will help you recover from your sports session.
First of all, the EQ Love organic heated massage oil as stated above is ideal to both prepare your muscles for the effort, but also to relax them after the sports activity. This heated massage oil provides a perfect glide for muscle massages of sportsmen and women, without leaving an oily film.
This oil to be applied in massage promotes relaxation and helps to release tension. Its active ingredients of natural origin reduce discomfort after the effort and help to relieve feelings of stiffness. This warming oil can be used for self-massage or to be massaged by a third person.
However, you can just as well use other organic massage oils, as long as they are concentrated in relaxing essential oils.
Which essential oils can be used to warm and relax muscles?
Muscle warming creams and warming gels contain essential oils to warm the muscles, improve joint flexibility, promote blood circulation, eliminate toxins and prevent aches and pains.
You can also prepare your own homemade massage oils based on essential oils. Simply mix them with a basic vegetable oil (coconut oil, sweet almond oil, borage oil, wheat germ oil, macadamia oil...).
Here is a list of essential oils ideal for warming up your muscles before exercise, which you can use to make your own massage oils, either locally only or inhaled for some.
Known for a very long time in the sporting field, the essential oil of Wintergreen brings a powerful analgesic action thanks to its heating effect. It is reputed to relieve pain in case of contractures, aches and other muscular pains. The essential oil of Wintergreen has anti-inflammatory properties useful for recovery after exercise.
Known for its draining and relaxing virtues, Juniper essential oil is very effective in heating the muscle and preparing it for exercise. It promotes joint and muscle comfort, thanks to its stimulating properties. The essential oil of Juniper is also ideal to use during the recovery phase in massage.
Known for its powerful analgesic effect, it soothes the muscles after a sports session. It gives an intense feeling of freshness to the sportsman. Associated with Arnica, it is used in the composition of the famous Chinese balm, the tiger balm known for its action against muscle pain. The essential oil of Peppermint can also be used before the effort, for the muscular awakening.
Lemongrass essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Painful muscles, pulling, muscle cramps during and after exercise, the essential oil of Citronella will take care of your muscles to soothe your pain. In addition, it is also known to boost the morale of athletes. It is an excellent physical and mental energizer, able to act on concentration and motivation.
Thyme essential oil has revitalizing properties. It is an excellent analgesic recommended in massage to relieve muscle and joint pain.
Used to relax the muscles before the effort, the essential oil of Lavandin Super fights against cramps and aches after the effort. It relieves pain thanks to its powerful sedative and analgesic virtues.
This essential oil is known to activate blood microcirculation. It is an anticoagulant and helps to reduce haematomas, especially in the event of a bad fall during sports activities.
To create your own massage oil based on organic essential oil, here are some ideal recipes for the sportsman to discover in this article: Sport, comfort of muscles and joints with essential oils.
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