While having an active job is good, it isn't really a substitute for dedicated exercise. Work activity tends to be a bit stop-start, and doesn't keep your heart rate elevated on a continual basis in the same way that dedicated exercise does.
Muscle soreness is a common response if you work them more than you are used to, and doesn't necessarily indicate a problem. But if you stop every time you get sore, you will never improve your fitness. Of course, it is important here to distinguish between generalized muscle soreness, and the sharper pain that may indicate a slight muscle strain or injury.
I agree that dedicated exercise will increase your fitness and the ability of your body to cope with the physical demands of work. A physical job should be a reason TO exercise, not a reason to avoid it.
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I used to work in a bakery and did pretty much the same thing as you. The bench height wasn't correct for me and it led to a lot of back pain. I started using "The Firm" videos (this was back in the 90's) that emphasised cardio mixed with weight training. Gave me better strength for what I was doing at work. Hard to think some days about spending any extra energy on a workout, but after the first couple days you'll find yourself actually gaining extra energy, and you'll feel better.
After about 4-6 weeks of doing the same activity, your body starts to get used to it. So if you've been doing this job for a while, I wouldn't count that time as exercise. Did you account for your active job in your program setup so that your calorie range reflects it?
If you are tired and sore the next day, even some light activity (divided into 10-minute workouts throughout the day if needed) is better than nothing.
Hope that helps,
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I work in a fast food restaurant and sometimes my muscles are so sore that I just don't feel like exercising the next day. I know it could hurt myself more than help to push further. Does this work count as exercise or should I push to do more anyway? I work in the back, making food, lifting, cleaning, fixing machines and taking them apart and so on.
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