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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,451
3/5/13 6:44 A

Soreness is really a sign that your muscles are doing something unfamiliar.

If you continue to work out regularly, your muscles will adapt and become more efficient at the recovery process, and you will experience significantly less soreness.

In the meantime, continue to work out regularly, but definitely dial back the intensity of your workouts for a week or two.


3/4/13 8:49 P

definitely listen to your body, and stretch lots. I have found that soreness is a sign to take it down a notch with cardio - and up the strength training - which I find easier to neglect.

MANDMDAD Posts: 550
3/4/13 8:33 P

Lots of stretching before, after, and between workouts.

And see a chiropractor, they can work wonders if you find one that specializes in sports medicine and doesn't take the holistic approach. There are more good ones than quacks out there.

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3/4/13 4:34 P

You may have some compression in your lower back- I would suggest seeing a doctor to be sure. I have a lot of issues in my lower back that all stem from having a super weak core- everything from my belly button to my thighs is weak. Physical therapy has helped a lot.

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3/4/13 12:39 P

Thanks Jen, Good advice. I'm going to be very careful and listen to my body. If I don't feel better in a few weeks I'll make a Dr. appt. emoticon

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/4/13 12:33 P

You could always lower the impact of your workouts, to see if that will help. If it is joint pain, or it was before working out at all, maybe a quick check-up is in order? I know that I had some lower back pain that stopped my from working out for 2 weeks. I could barely pick up my daughter. I had a kidney infection. Once that cleared up, I was good.

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3/4/13 12:21 P

Hi, Thanks for the input. I do listen to my body and if I feel any kind of pain I STOP. I have been doing different exercises, walk, elliptical, weights, treadmill. dvd's. My back and hip pain I had before working out. I thought it was do to the weight gain my body isn't use to. I had some life changes and put on 30 in a year and a half. maybe I'm getting some arthritis also. I was thinking of adding a hot yoga class twice a week to see if that helps. So I'm just giving some time I guess trying to be patient and see if by getting back in shape the soreness will go away....Thanks for the good advice. emoticon emoticon emoticon

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/4/13 12:12 P

Soreness is to be expected for the first week or two or whenever you begin working out muscles that haven't been used in awhile. However, once you have established your routine, you should only expect slight soreness.

I just give myself a day of rest when I'm extremely sore. But minor soreness can be worked through.

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3/4/13 12:07 P

I personally take glutamine for muscle soreness and glucosamine for joint soreness/stiffness. I also use a foam roller and I am also waiting for my Santa Medical Electronic Pulse Massager to come in the mail. Not everyone agree with supplements, but it's always worked well for me in addition to making sure I warm-up, cool down, and stretch with every workout.

3/4/13 11:18 A

Maybe you're doing too much too soon.
Is the pain in your muscles or joints?
And which exercises are you doing? Some cause more soreness than others.

3/4/13 11:15 A

Soreness and exercise go hand in hand. But if you are just starting again after a period of time off then you need to start with baby steps. It is normal to be sore after a workout, but not in an extreme way. Soreness may be worse the second day after working out. Icing the sore area is the best way to alleviate the pain. I would stay away from medication.
For me the red flag in your post is lower back. What exercises are you doing that effects this area? This is a very easy place to injure especially if you are just getting back into exercising. Do not continue to workout until the pain in your lower back is gone.
And just know that the soreness represents you getting stronger so celebrate it!

Edited by: DVDIAMOND at: 3/4/2013 (11:17)
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3/4/13 11:11 A

how do many of you get over the soreness of your workouts? I'm just restarted my workout programs after many years and now that I'm older I have many work related problems do to my job anyway so it is double hared. My hips, feet, and lower back seem worse now that I'm working out....I got a massage, epsom salt bath, and ib prophen and still hurt....:(

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