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LADYGRAY66 SparkPoints: (8,979)
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3/28/14 10:30 P

Your body is your guide if your hurting it is your body telling you to rest it....there is a difference between a workout that leaves you tired and exhilarated as opposed to exhausted and hurting!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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3/26/14 9:38 A

Also, unless you're training for some kind of endurance competition (half marathon, tough mudder, etc) there's no real reason why you need to spend much more than an hour working out. For example, I can walk for 20 minutes and burn about 100 calories or I could run for 20 minutes and burn 250 calories. Intensity matters.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,222
3/26/14 6:49 A

Actually, a rest day once a week or so is actually a good thing, as it gives your body the chances to catch up on all the little repair jobs, allows you to get stronger, and ultimately helps your longer term performance.


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 62,405
3/25/14 7:41 P

Hi Garrie

I think it just depends. Some soreness is normal when starting a new workout routine, but it can also be one of many signs that your body needs a rest. Everyone is different, so it's just important to listen to our body and not use soreness as an excuse not to exercise, but also to scale back the workout or rest if that seems like the right thing to do.

Coach Jen

ALIAKAIS SparkPoints: (6,828)
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3/25/14 7:30 P

I'm actually just beginning my workout regimen, so more than an hour a day is too much for me atm. My goal is to do at least 30 minutes 5-6 days a week this month and next month, up it to 45 minutes minimum in June/July, an hour in August/Sept, eventually doing an hour and a half a day by December. I hike on the weekends in the spring, summer and fall (basically when the trails are open), so it's not as though my exercise during the week is the only exercise I track, though I have no clue how to track hiking when I do it, usually just track it as walking.

GARRIE1 Posts: 617
3/25/14 6:50 P

Thanks, Spark Coach Jen.

Here is an article that I found here on Spark People, and one to which I refer occasionally. In my post, I didn't say that pain was good, but that some muscle soreness is to be expected. This article confirms my comment. I referenced my own experiences just to give the original poster a "for instance," not as a hard and fast rule.

I believe that I just read an article on Spark today that talked about adding new or more exercises into one's routine when the old routine became too easy. I don't know a better way to tell if a routine is too easy. If my muscles are not a bit achy after several weeks of workouts, I figured it was time to ramp it up a bit. Correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm certainly not a pro.

The original poster said she aches, not that she has severe muscular/joint pain. Perhaps I'd better look again, though.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 62,405
3/25/14 6:29 P

I agree with the previous poster who said soreness can be a sign your body needs rest or at least to slow down. I recommend 1-2 days of rest from exercise each week, so don't feel bad about giving your body that recovery time it needs.

Coach Jen

GARRIE1 Posts: 617
3/25/14 6:04 P

One of my personal trainers suggested 1.5-1.75 hour workouts 4 to 5 times a week. In those workouts, I include at LEAST 40 minutes of cardio and the rest should be strength training and/or stretching. One or two days off each week is okay, but more than two (for ME) means I'm probably slacking off. I have found some really great excuses too, but that's all they are...excuses. emoticon

Some muscle aches are okay, but severe muscle pain is not. If you keep up a regular routine, the muscle aches will diminish, but probably not disappear completely. As soon as you notice that you're not "feeling" your strength training, you probably need to add more weight, more reps, etc. I'm a cyclist, and when I notice that my rides are becoming easy, I add more miles or more hill climbing.

This isn't new information, but it's something I was taught when I first started going back to the gym and working out. There is all kinds of information here on Spark People about what to expect from your workouts.

Good luck. emoticon

ALIAKAIS SparkPoints: (6,828)
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3/25/14 5:19 P

I ended up working out for about 30 minutes doing a full body body-weight workout from SP. It didn't burn too many calories (like 130) but at least I did something on a rainy, sore day. I might do an upper body set later to round it out.

LUANN_IN_PA SparkPoints: (166,025)
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3/25/14 4:58 P

Sure it's okay!
Just make sure you are eating right and you will be fine.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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3/25/14 4:27 P

Being sore is your body's way of telling you to slow it down. I have found that gentle exercise like a leisurely walk or light yoga can help soreness.

ALIAKAIS SparkPoints: (6,828)
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3/25/14 4:24 P

I've exercised for a half hour to an hour a day for 5/7 of the days last week and I am aching today. Is it okay to skip a workout every few days if you're sore?

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