It takes time for your body to adapt to a new level of fitness. I don't experience much soreness (DOMS) unless I change something up drastically in my ST workout (usually a new exercise).
Actually I just took quite a few days off last week (on vacation) from my scheduled exercise program. I've been easing back into my routine. Did 30 mins HIIT my first day, 30 mins HIIT and upper body yesterday and my calves are killing me! (I do jump rope/running intervals so it's high impact). My calves are always my tight/sore spots, my problem area due to the type of cardio I perform.
Anyways, this time it's so bad I decided to look into what to do... all I could come up with is to stretch and if that's not working... you're not stretching enough, stretch more! lol I do try to stretch after I workout but I'm not always diligent with it. I've now made the decision to include a concentrated lower body stretch routine after every workout and perhaps some yoga on my rest days.
So that would probably be helpful to include a good stretch routine after every workout and maybe some yoga on your recovery days but a lot of it is just your body getting used to exercise if you're not used to it. After a couple months (around 1-3) you should adapt and only experience DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) rarely when you switch up what you're doing.
Also, make sure you're not overtraining. If you're a beginner it's probably not a good idea to perform at intermediate/advanced level straight away. You shouldn't expect to go from little to no exercise to doing 60 mins, 6 days a week. Ease your way into it. Start with just getting 10-20 mins of cardio 3x a week, 2-3 sessions of strength training 3x a week for about 10-20 mins and work up to a higher duration/intensity.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/13/2013 (08:16)
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
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