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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,411)
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2/22/13 9:07 A

That soreness is caused by microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. In order for them to get stronger, you have to let them heal! So exercising them vigorously may actually hinder the process. That doesn't mean you have to sit on your butt and be inactive. Light exercise like walking or yoga can help you feel better.

Do know that the presence (or lack) of stretching has nothign to do with soreness the day after; stretching won't prevent it (it can help make it less painful, but it won't stop it) because it's caused by those aforementioned torn muscle fibers. It sounds bad, but this is how our bodies get stronger. :)

So listen to your body. It's not about making excuses, it's about increasing your risk of injury and slowing your strength-building. You want to avoid overtraining!

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
2/21/13 3:36 P

Soreness isn't only the result of ST. Often when we begin a cardio routine or anything our body isn't used to doing, we can feel sore. A day off won't hurt. Or some light work is fine. Expect soreness for the first week or two and anytime you begin to work muscles you haven't used in awhile (or didn't even know they were there).

If you exercise regularly (at the minimum, 3 times a week) the soreness will go away.

SHYCAI Posts: 13
2/21/13 3:26 P

My husband said that I shouldn't do anything heavy today, I might do Yoga few minutes before going to bed. Just to stretch and relax some of my muscles.

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
2/21/13 3:20 P

I agree with Luck - overdoing it is a recipe for frustration and giving up, especially if you're a beginner.

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
2/21/13 3:16 P

I never strength train when my body is already sore. It's like begging to get injured. Light cardio, such as a walk, would be helpful for your aching body.

SHYCAI Posts: 13
2/21/13 3:11 P

Lols thank you very much ^^ emoticon

JIBBIE49 Posts: 57,882
2/21/13 2:49 P

Do you think people going on a Wagon Train to California stopped the second day out and did nothing because they were "sore" from walking the first day? I don't think so. Our ancestors just kept going. emoticon Do some weight training today. emoticon

SHYCAI Posts: 13
2/21/13 2:34 P

Hi Guys,

I started working out yesterday, I did proper stretching after my workout with yoga and when I wake up this morning my whole body is sore.

My question is actually... should I exercise today or shall I rest for a day to let my muscles heal? The thing is that I only did cardio exercises...

Thank you very much for your advance reply.

Edited by: SHYCAI at: 2/21/2013 (14:47)
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