As the new year approaches, it is time to train for the next OSIM Sundown Marathon! Seasoned marathon runners agree that it is important to start early and condition yourself to perform your best.
Training for a marathon is a long process that often leads to sore muscles, especially in the first few months. To stay at your optimum form, it is advised that you give your legs a massage after a gruelling run, so that you can train more efficiently to meet your targets.
Who would benefit from a leg massage? As long as you are a runner, a leg massage would go a long way in helping you alleviate soreness and pain after a run. Even on rest days, you should indulge in a leg massage to help speed up recovery as well as for general day-to-day comfort.
How should I massage my legs? A lot of leg muscle pain can be relieved with your own thumbs or cheap tools like a tennis ball. However, for more effective relief, it is advised that you use a tool specifically for massage, such as the OSIM uStiletto Leg Massager. This way, all your problem areas will be addressed at the touch of a button, making the post-run recovery process even simpler!
What benefits do I get with a leg massage? Researchers found that leg massages can set off a series of molecular events in your leg muscles that helped reverse discomfort related to exercise and running. Leg massages also slowed down the activity of proteins known as inflammatory cytokines, which cause inflammation and pain.
Massages also increased the amount of proteins that signal your muscles to produce more mitochondria, which help muscles recover from activity.
If you are using the uStiletto, the kneading and rolling massage also improves blood circulation for better muscle recovery as well as relieves the tension accumulated on tired legs and ankles due to your marathon training.
When should I get a massage? As and when you like! For severe cases of muscle soreness, experts recommend massaging your legs up to 6 times daily for 5 – 10 minutes per session. With the OSIM uStiletto, you get to choose from different massage programs each time, to cater to your specific needs.
Tip: the Sleep massage program right before bed is our favourite way to unwind!
Where can I get a massage? Experts agree that a massage right at home can be equally beneficial to muscle recovery as a massage in a professional setting.
With a portable massage machine such as the uStiletto, this means that you can have a massage while watching your favourite Korean drama in the living room, while working at your desk or even while lying down and reading a book!