I find that its best if I engage the muscle groups that are sore rather than totally avoid using them. This seems to speed up recovery for me. Example: If my legs are really sore from my strength training workout the day before on my cardio day I do a longer slower jog and often once I am warmed up the soreness will go away for the duration of the workout only coming back once I am cooled down. Same goes for upper body type exercises, when my chest is sore from the previous days weight lifting, before my run I'll do three easy sets of pushups.
With a day of rest in between your body should be ready to repeat that workout. Soreness is a good sign and even if you can't complete the same workout you did the day before do the best you can AND engage/stretch whats sore lightly on the in between days and before you know it that 10 min strength workout will be easy and there won't be any soreness at all and it will be time to increase the intensity/weight etc.
If you really want to strength train, work different areas of your body than you did Wed. If you did arms and shoulders, maybe focus of legs. you can do chest and back, etc.
But I agree that if you are really sore, hold off another day.
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9,707 8/23/13 9:37 A
If you're really, really sore (as in the wincing kind of pain) then you need to continue to take it easy. Light cardio is probably okay (so go for a walk or do some yoga) but sometimes you need to take a little longer than the 48 hours minimum. Especially when you've overdone it a little.
Now, if it's just discomfort, go for it. You know your body better than we do.
8/23/13 8:43 A
I did a 10 min strength training on Wed. and today I was planing to do another one today but I am so sore. I am not sure if I should do one and work through the soreness or wait another day. They say to give yourself a day in between so I did that. Any thoughts or ideas?
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