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HAPPENINGFISH SparkPoints: (13,420)
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1/29/13 5:19 P

Sounds like my kinda workout. :)

No seriously, every time I start up after a long break with any particular movement, I'm really sore, and the soreness peaks around 36-48 hours after the workout. It's not unusual at all, it just means your muscles were worked hard.

Give it a wee rest and go back to exercising; you won't be as sore the next time.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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1/29/13 11:56 A

SAILOR64: not to contradict you, but actually, science has found that lactic acid is not held in the muscle for days. The pain we get from workouts is called DOMS, and it's caused by microscopic tears in the muscle fibers, not lactic acid buildup as we used to believe. :) It does cause "the burn" we love so much, but it is cleared out very soon after we exercise.

To the OP: Stop doing situps. :) Seriously, they're not very efficient exercises, and these days, it's much better to do exercises like planks or even crunches. Situps can put unnecessary strain on your back, and aren't more effective than other exercises, anyway.

You'll find you recover more quickly next time. As your body rests, and repairs those microscopic tears... t hat's how it gets stronger! You hurt not because you're "weak" or "out of shape", you just haven't done that kind of movement in a long time and your muscles aren't used to it.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 1/29/2013 (11:59)
SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (19,655)
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1/29/13 11:45 A

Kelly,

Sounds like your over did it a little. Like any muscle in the body, over stimulation from exercise causes a build up of lactic acid in the muscle. It can take several days for this lactic acid build up to be carried away by the blood and metabolized. It may sound counter-intuitive but one of the best ways to speed up the process is by exercising.

I would suggest this: Start slow. 2-3 exercises with low reps. After-all, it takes time to build up strength and endurance in any muscle group, the abdominals are no different. 10 minutes was probably 7 minutes too long. Work up to a full ab workout over the course of 3-4 weeks or longer depending on your over-all physical condition. Go to Sparkpeople and look at some of the ab routines to choose your exercises.

Good luck, and JUICE to you for starting on those abs.

Jonny Mac

WALLY828 SparkPoints: (14,438)
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1/29/13 11:35 A

It would be pretty difficult to hurt yourself in an ab workout. Honestly, the 2nd day after a workout is always the worst, as far as being sore goes. Keep easing your way into the workout. Gradually pick up the minutes you dedicated to your ab workout, then add in an extra day or two, you'll be good to go.

KELLMICHELLE Posts: 24
1/29/13 11:06 A

OKay... so i have mostly been doing cardio but now that i have lost a few extra pounds i thought i might as well start building muscle up too. SO i did a quick ab work out... just 10 mins or so... just to get back into the habbit. My muscles def felt worked even though i only did a few sit ups. That was TWO days ago... i wasnt sore the day after and started getting sore the day after that. Now im really sore. I tried doing some more site ups and stretching the muscles but it doesnt seem to be improving. Could i have hurt something or am i just really out of shape?

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