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Do You Workout When You are Sore?

Saturday, June 07, 2014

My R leg hurts. I have been walking the local high school track with DH about two miles. Today my R leg hurts. DH says shake it off. I don't know what to do? What do you do when your body aches? Do you continue to workout or do you take some time off.
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  • KARENE10
    I just go a little slower emoticon
    1383 days ago
    Hi, Cheryl. I think it is important to build a good foundation before pushing. If you have chin splints, you'll need to rest your legs. When I begin training anew, the first week is just to reintroduce my legs to the activity even if I don't challenge my pulse very much. If that feels too easy after 1 week, I bump up the exercise level a bit. When you reach a point when you push your body very hard during a workout, your body will need a day off for recovery before doing it again. So the conditioning phase may take a while. I know that when I start walk/jogging, I must have a heart rate monitor to make sure I am not taxing my body too hard in the beginning. I reason that I didn't get out of shape in one day, so I can't expect to get IN shape in one day. I work at building endurance without injury. So assess your training plan; if it seems too aggressive for your current conditioning, cut back on the intensity and perhaps add some more time, if your body can handle it.
    1384 days ago
    I tend to exercise (often at a lower intensity) just to get the muscles stretched out. If it hurts more with exercise then I stop, that I often think is a sign of injury - but soreness I try to embrace as a sign that I worked hard...
    1384 days ago
    I go slow and just do a little .... roc
    1384 days ago
    For me, it depends on the kind and location of the pain. If it's just muscle soreness, then I think DH might be right: a nice, easy stroll could help. But if your joint hurts or you feel like you pulled or strained a tendon or muscle, then you might be better off resting. Hope you feel better soon!
    1384 days ago
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