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KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (82,009)
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5/15/13 10:46 A

Rest days are incredibly important. When you continue to exercise when you're sore, your body can't recover, and it can do more harm than good. Yes, in a few days you'll feel fine, so take it easy until you're not sore anymore!

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
5/15/13 9:07 A

If you're sore to the point where sitting down, walking up or down stairs, or bending over to pick up an object are painful, then you should rest until the soreness is gone. In the meantime, gentle stretching and LIGHT walking will help minimize stiffness.

I agree with the previous don't need to work out twice a day---you're setting yourself up for injury and burnout. Ask yourself if you can keep that up for the long haul. Most people cannot. My philosophy is to only develop habits that I can sustain for a lifetime, because temporary routines yield temporary results.

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5/14/13 5:44 P

I'm not sure what you mean by extremely sore, but I guess you could try applying some ice. I remember when I was in college, I'd see track/cross country runners sitting in the stream after a run (I went to a small, private college in western NC - not too far from Asheville, NC). Of course, I can never remember if you're supposed to apply heat or cold. I guess you could take tylenol or something similar although it may not do a lot to alleviate the pain.

The workout I did yesterday was pretty intense (spinning bike on my own for an hr; then a 20 min. strength training workout later in the day). I didn't realize that I was sore until I got to the gym this morning. It isn't bad, but it was enough to let me know that I couldn't workout as hard as I wanted too (rowing and treadmill with various inclines at different speeds).

Maybe do some stretching.

Letting your body heal is the best thing you can do right now. I guess you don't have to stop working out but if you are really, really sore, you'll just need to do something a little easier on your body like going for a walk or using the elliptical.

I don't know if that will help but it's my 2 cents.

Edited by: FIELDWORKING at: 5/14/2013 (17:51)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/14/13 2:26 P

Muscle soreness is caused by microscopic tears in the muscles. The only thing you can do for it, really, is let it heal. :)

You do not need to be working out so much; rest days are crucial, and if you're sore, your body is telling you you're working too hard. :) Discomfort is normal, "extremely sore" is not. If you don't give your body time to heal, it won't, and you'll just piling sore on top of sore.

Rest days are important. To add DVDs with running, and not taking a rest day, you're majorly increasing your chance of actual injury. You aren't slacking off when you take a rest day, you're taking care of your body. :) REst days don't have to be inactive, either; a light walk is a great way to let your body rest!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/14/2013 (14:26)
AV_MOM2 Posts: 53
5/14/13 1:54 P

I have been using different workout DVDs everyday plus running in the evening. I am extremely sore. What do you do to alleviate muscle soreness. I don't want to stop working out just because I am sore. Mainly because I know in a few days I will be fine. I just need to get past these first few days of soreness.

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