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What is YOUR damage control?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Yesterday, I never had time to eat, and was an MC for an outdoor event. By the end of the day, I was parched, hungry, sunburned, wind-chapped, and cold. Besides not taking a chair for 9 hours I didn't really "exert" myself physically, besides barking into a microphone.

Today I am absolutely squashed. Sunburned, joints aching, etc... and because I pretty much went to bed as soon as I got home, I'm also up at 4:00 AM on a sunday. I am still a bit achy, and sunburned, but otherwise ok (even though I'm sure my body is a bit stressed).

I figured for my own "damage control", even though it's probably too late, it would be a good idea to eat some extra fats, and take it particularly easy today.

What else would you guys suggest? How do you hack-mitigate physical stressors, after-the-fact?

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on April 20, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Dang. I realize I kind of do that everyday at my standing workdesk. But indoors. I find it to be somewhat refreshing, but the way you described it, the elements really did a number on you. I suggest some hearty solid meals for recovery, and perhaps even a VERY relaxed swim. The cold always rejuvenates me...or perhaps it's just because I'm an ex-competitive swimmer. After that, maybe get some like-minded friends, play some cards, or have some quiet time with a book. Mental and physical!

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on February 13, 2012
at 10:37 AM

TeaElf, is it yummy? I struggle with making turmeric palatable.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Good old Noxzema! We used to use that too- makeup remover and general fix it solution.

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on February 12, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Turmeric/curcumin is good for sore joints too. I take it in supplement format, or swirl a bunch into steeped ginger and cinnamon.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:35 PM

+1 I've done that--except I started with the water as hot as was comfortable and let it cool. If I started to shiver I added a little more warm water. Afterward, I dressed warmly and took a walk. I always smeared Noxzema on sunburns and it killed the hurt immediately

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:34 PM

+1 I've done that--except I started with the water as hot as was comfortable and let it cool. If I started to shiver I added a little more warm water. Afterward, I dressed warmly and took a walk. I always smeared Noxcema on sunburns and it killed the hurt immediately.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I was pretty much the same as you, except I also needed extra sleep.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:30 PM

+1 I've done that--except I started with the water as hot as was comfortable and let it cool. If I started to shiver I added a little more warm water. Afterward, I dressed warmly and took a walk. I always smeared nitrous oxide on sunburns and it killed the hurt immediately.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Not against supplements at all, and as luck would have it, since this event was a strongman competition and I was the announcer, I got a big bag of supplements - two bottles of MSM/Glucosimine capsules. I'll try this in addition to my other hacks and see how it goes. FYI on the water, I've downed 1.5 quarts since waking... but for some reason my body is not "thirsty".

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:28 AM

Make yourself some ginger tea, or other ginger creation-its really good for muscle soreness.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:22 AM

Aloe for the sunburn. Directly from the plant if you can get it. If not, find the gel with the least ingredients. (My mother used to grow an aloe plant in the yard for just such an emergency.)

Water. Lots of water. Sunburns can trigger dehydration.

If you are ok with supplements, some MSM should help a lot with muscle and joint soreness. It's a pretty potent anti-inflammatory. If you're dead set against supplements, maybe try adding in some raw cabbage, raw broccoli or raw fish as, if my information is correct, those are some of the best food sources of it.

After that, just take it easy for the day. And take a nap in the afternoon. I have a hunch you'll need it.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:46 AM

Not against supplements at all, and as luck would have it, since this event was a strongman competition and I was the announcer, I got a big bag of supplements - two bottles of MSM/Glucosimine capsules. I'll try this in addition to my other hacks and see how it goes. FYI on the water, I've downed 1.5 quarts since waking... but for some reason my body is not "thirsty".

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:55 PM

A prolonged, low-grade exertion, such as standing all day, depletes glycogen and can cause dehydration (if you didn't drink enough during the event). Sunburn causes an inflammatory reaction in your skin. I would suggest:

  1. Top off your glycogen with your carb of choice, such as rice, potatoes or yams.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids. Coconut water contains electrolytes, especially potassium, but sometimes not as much sodium as advertised.
  3. Rest.
  4. Aspirin is great for a sunburn, if you're not sensitive to salicylates.

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Bananas, coconut water, frequent naps, and .... listen to your body. If you have a craving - satisfy it.

I frequently take part in events that drain me, physically, mentally, and totally. I do GORUCK Challenges, Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, etc. In the 2 days leading up to an event/challenge I really focus on good eating and hydration. I eat lots and drink lots of water.

During a challenge I eat very little and drink only enough water to sustain me. I find that an empty or nearly empty stomach helps me perform much better.

After a challenge I eat like a starved zombie. Seriously. If it holds still long enough and I can reach it, I'll probably eat it.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I was pretty much the same as you, except I also needed extra sleep.

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:35 PM

Lots of water, extra Vitamin D for a day or 2, naps/extra sleep.

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I agree with aloe, that stuff is a wonder! Applying a bit of ice right on the joints (knees, ankles in particular if you were standing a lot) will help with any inflammation, and feel pretty good on that sunburn to boot.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I suggest soaking in a tub of tepid water. I bet your body needs to rehydrate (especially your skin) and the cooler water will be more soothing to your sunburn.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 12, 2012
at 03:30 PM

+1 I've done that--except I started with the water as hot as was comfortable and let it cool. If I started to shiver I added a little more warm water. Afterward, I dressed warmly and took a walk. I always smeared nitrous oxide on sunburns and it killed the hurt immediately.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 12, 2012
at 03:35 PM

+1 I've done that--except I started with the water as hot as was comfortable and let it cool. If I started to shiver I added a little more warm water. Afterward, I dressed warmly and took a walk. I always smeared Noxzema on sunburns and it killed the hurt immediately

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 12, 2012
at 03:34 PM

+1 I've done that--except I started with the water as hot as was comfortable and let it cool. If I started to shiver I added a little more warm water. Afterward, I dressed warmly and took a walk. I always smeared Noxcema on sunburns and it killed the hurt immediately.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 13, 2012
at 12:11 AM

Good old Noxzema! We used to use that too- makeup remover and general fix it solution.

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