If I'm super sore then I keep it super simple - a walk and maybe some yoga and that's all. The body needs time to recover and I'd be afraid of hurting myself.
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Thanks everyone! I'm headed out for a walk. I hope it gets better.
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When I do a workout that leaves me sore for a day or two afterward I try to walk and stretch. It helps.
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I love Kettlebells and I will attest the first few classes I took I was quite sore. Doing some light cardio such as walking will help increase blood flow to the damaged muscles. The soreness you are experiencing is due to microscopic tears in the muscles that need time to heal, as these fibers heal, this is what causes the muscles to hypertrophy or grow bigger.
It was once believed that lactic acid build-up was responsible for the soreness but the new research states that while the burning you experience during a workout is caused from glycogen (stored carbs in the muscles and liver) being broken down at a faster rate than the body can rid itself off, most of the lactic acid is removed within minutes of your workout.
I find going for a walk can really help. Gets the blood pumping!
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This response is only personal experience...NOT intended to necessarily work for someone else. -- About a year ago, a personal trainer put me through a range of exercises that were quite beyond my abilities. I was unable to sleep well for 2-3 nights I was in so much pain and discomfort everywhere! I was afraid to go back to the gym, but my chiropractor said that was exactly what I needed to do. Go back through a range of exercises (NOT the same ones) and move gently, lightly, consistently. -- The idea is to get the blood & fluids moving back through the muscles (in & out) and bring healing to the injured muscles. Drinking fluids as you mentioned is great. I would now think about ICING the various areas/muscle groups to help with swelling and inflammation. I personally would also consider taking an ibuprofen tablet on occasion if the pain was intense.
Exercise and stretching always helps me with the soreness. Do some light jogging, yoga, swimming, walking, etc.
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I have NEVER been this sore before. I tried a kettlebell workout for the first time yesterday and am really having a difficult time moving today. I've drank a ton of water and soaked in a hot bath but it's only gotten worse throughout the day.
Is it true that if I workout it will make it better? What works for you?
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