Whether exercising or working a manual job -- working out uses muscles in new ways that leads to fatigue. You want to be sure you are using proper body mechanics with your lifting to minimize risk of injury and talk with your medical provider if you are not finding relief after your body begins to adjust to the demands of your new job. Here are a few articles that might help as well.
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I would also look at your form when doing your job. I work with a lot of people who lift heavy loads all day. When most people start they do not lift with their legs. Mostly back and arms. That will kill you no matter how good you are in shape.
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I'll second the suggestion to eat more than previously. Non-stop physical work like that burns so many calories you can't believe it.
How long have you been working at WM now? If it's not very long (a week? two weeks?)-- over time, your body will adjust to the physical activity. I'd say also that it's important that you get enough calories. While your muscles are trying to recover from the big jump in physical activity, is not a good time to be trying to restrict yourself to say, 1200 calories. I don't know what your range is or how many calories you're eating on average. Or what other exercise you're doing. And getting your water is important.
I'm assuming your doctor cleared you for this work, so there's no underlying medical issues that could be causing joint pain. So it would just be the increase in activity. Many people swear by soaking in a bath with epsom salts. I know when I'm working my body harder, some extra sleep can help. Also Arnica gel is a homeopathic remedy that can help with muscle aches and stiffness (I bought some at WM). Sometimes using ice can help; sometimes using heat feels better.
After 8 months of searching and 7+ years of caregiving, I've recently gotten hired as a third shift stocker at WM. Going from almost completely sedentary to hefting heavy loads repeatedly is killing me. I need suggestions on what I can do (besides heft doses of ibuprofen) to help me deal with the sore muscles and joints. It's bad enough that I hurt even on my days off. I need the job, but I can't take the pain. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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