DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is a common response to when you first start working out.
If you have gone from nothing to walking 45-60 minutes, I'm not surprised you are feeling stiff.
Keep walking (increased blood flow to the muscles actually helps the recovery process), but dial back your speed and duration for a couple of weeks - say to 25-30 minutes.
The good thing about starting off a low base is that with regular exercise, you will see your fitness increase quite quickly, and that in a few weeks you will be able to comfortably walk distances that are currently causing stiffness.
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Stretching will help with that. I usually don't stretch, but when you are sore that will help a lot.
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Hi everyone, I am new to this site and I just love reading everyones posts! I have started getting up at 5am during the week and walking every day. This is my 3rd week of walking and I am so stiff when I am done that I can barely walk down the stairs from the gym to my car. I have never felt like this before but again I have never exercised this much before either. I was just wondering if anyone else has this problem or if its just a phase I am going to have to go thru.. I usually walk anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
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