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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,220
7/21/14 4:49 A

Soreness is normally a response to your muscles doing something unfamiliar to them.

If you stop exercising everytime you get sore, you will never improve.

Keep working out as planned, but back off the intensity for a week or two until your muscles adapt. So work out, but not as intense as you did on Friday.

Of course, if you feel the sharper pain that could indicate an injury, then rest is the better option.

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7/21/14 3:17 A

Thanks for your answers and the especially the tips. I did the stretching part at the end but clearly it wasn't enough, I will try the epsom salts and ice pack for my session today

MAMACHAE74 Posts: 1,135
7/21/14 3:09 A

I have picked up running and have been running 27 - 30 miles per week which will pick up. I have found that I have IT band rubbing past 6 miles. I do not know how to avoid this. Any suggestions?

RYNEBERG23 Posts: 69
7/20/14 11:16 P

I disagree as well. Stay active as much as you can, as long as you're not in actual pain.

A few things I find that really help are foam/rumble rolling, stretching, and epsom salt baths are amazing for sore muscles :) Hope this helps!

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7/20/14 7:13 P

As a coach, I disagree with the previous comment. If you are sore, but not hurting, I would still work out, although your workout should be slightly easier than the previous day. Part of the soreness is from building muscle, but part of it is due to lactic acid build up in your body. The absolute best way to get rid of that is through more exercise.

Some other tips:
1) Make sure to stretch after a workout. That will also help get rid of the lactic acid and help prevent soreness the next day.

2) Ice baths (or just ice packs). 20 minutes of icing after a hard workout will help reduce inflammation, and thus soreness.

Edited by: DRYADSARAH at: 7/21/2014 (00:22)
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7/20/14 6:25 P

No. Not if you're still sore. Your muscles need opportunity to heal and repair, this is when muscle is grown. You could do an upper body workout instead. Lay off any heavy cardio.

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7/20/14 3:31 P

I did a lower body ST session on Friday and felt super sore yesterday and today.
I went hiking today and walked a lot yesterday thinking that it would help but it doesn't seem to work.

Should I do the same work out tomorrow if I am still sore ( but not in pain)?

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