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HANNAHTESON
Posts: 18
3/4/12 4:42 P

Thanks you guys! I tend to lose momentum so I always get really bummed when I'm sore. I like the idea of light exercise. Which is what I do now but I could probably be even lighter (like just walking.) I don't want to be counter productive, you know? It's really helpful to talk to other people who workout regularly!

Thanks for the help!



FUNMAMASPARK
Posts: 184
3/2/12 9:21 P

I'm like Dragonchilde, when I'm sore the best thing for me is to do a light workout-- a bike ride, zumba, yoga, walk/easy jog. It really helps work the soreness out.



WOFTRACKS
Posts: 61
3/2/12 9:18 P

Dragonchilde is right..."active recovery" is a relatively new concept...and you can do that for a week...walking, enjoying life, and other activities that you enjoy can be very helpful ...getting back to the grind is more fun and progress can be accelerated..it works..

shake and bake at a lesser pace..



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/2/12 8:36 P

Resting is actually crucial for building strength and making your muscles stronger. You need to take rest days or you risk injury.

With that said... a rest day doesn't have to be lying on your butt staring at the TV. :)

I've found that when I'm super sore, I actually recover more quickly if I do some *light* exercise. After a serious HIIT session that leaves my thighs screaming and my arms limp noodles, a light walk around the neighborhood helps to work out the kinks, and doesn't stress or make me hurt more. I also seem to recover a bit more quickly than on the days where I sit all day.



MPLANE37
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3/2/12 2:15 P

If you are sore, you should let your body heal. There is no other way. Otherwise you won't get better at the exercise you are doing. In strength training, this is a well known concept, and very well documented. If you do cardio, and you get sore, it is pretty much the same thing, so you still need to let your body heal. But if you do cardio and you don't get sore, that is because you are not really pushing yourself beyond your current capability, so you can actually keep doing it everyday if you feel just fine.

But as a general rule, you should let your sore body part heal by resting it. If it is all your body, then take a few rest days.



WOFTRACKS
Posts: 61
3/2/12 2:09 P

Hi..
I think your current approach is correct...resting muscle is important..Some soreness is inevitable and goes with the territory, but caution is the best approach..soreness comes from inflammation from tearing down muscle fiber..it has to heal..strength training can cause DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from overextending the fiber and takes about 5 days to heal..moderate soreness takes about 48 hours..You are using common sense and making progress, so why change your program ??? injuries can set you back a long time..



HANNAHTESON
Posts: 18
3/2/12 12:45 P

Hey everyone! I was wondering if there were any strategies out there for working out while sore. In general, I work on certain exercises until they become too easy and then I take it to the next level. When I take it to the next level I'm (obviously) feeling it the next day. I want to keep my body safe by giving it time to heal, but I don't want to lose my momentum. What do you do in this situation? My workouts are almost always full body (A bit core heavy at times) so my whole body is feeling it!

I've just been keeping it mellow with yoga on the sore days, but I want something more. Are there any options for higher impact exercises that won't disrupt my body's healing time? Or am I crazy and need to give it a rest?

Any advice would be great!

Also, sorry if this has been discussed before, but the search option didn't really give me what I was looking for.



 
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