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BERRY4 SparkPoints: (275,543)
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11/18/13 2:58 P

This may sound crazy, but there are some days where I'm completely stiff and sore UNTIL I walk at least 15 min to get the blood flowing and the body "lubricated" to do what it should be able to do.

Getting older can mean an increased need for stretching& using a foam roller for about 10-15 min EVERY day.

I've also personally found that sports-type massage can help in terms of assisted stretching to help in the areas that you can't get a full stretch on your own. (I go 1x ea month & it HAS made a difference!) -- I have hip & knee issues causing imbalances (which I DID address through ST w/ a therapist/trainer), but the massage keep the muscles more limber and responsive.

Edited by: BERRY4 at: 11/18/2013 (15:00)
ANDILH Posts: 1,543
11/17/13 11:55 P

I wake up sore every morning, with a bad back and bad pretty much every other joint. For me, I just have to keep going. I have talked to my doctors, but it's not something I'm going to call about all the time.
Just keep going unless it hurts. If it hurts, definitely check with a doctor. Otherwise, stretching, vitamins, and continued movement should help.

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11/17/13 10:12 P

How about taking a warm bath with some Epsom salts?

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (201,279)
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11/16/13 4:22 P


If you recently increased the amount of walking you do to something you don't do on a regular basis, that may be the reason you're feeling a little stiff. If you went from say walking 3 miles a day to 5 or 6 miles a day, yes, your body would feel a little stiff. It's because your body has not adapted to the new routine.

It sounds like you're experiencing a bit of DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness. Most people associate DOMS with weight training, but any activity (even walking) could cause it. If sore after I've done a 20 mile charity walk and I consider myself pretty fit.

It's all about adapting to the new routine. If you continue to walk that longer distance, you'll start feeling less sore. For now, I agree, some extra stretching will help.

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11/16/13 4:19 P

I recommend you see your doctor.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
11/16/13 3:49 P

Have you shared any of this with your trainer?

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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11/16/13 3:36 P

Stretching after you workout will help big time! There's a few stretching videos offered here at Sparkpeople. Coach Nicole will guide you through proper form and proper technique.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/16/2013 (15:37)
11/16/13 12:43 P

How much do you stretch after your workout? Do you allow a proper cool down? It's important to gently stretch to lengthen the muscles that tighten up after a workout. There are lots of articles on the Sparkpeople site about stretching and cooling down after a workout. Check them out! And keep up the good work!

MPIE86 Posts: 1
11/16/13 11:38 A

I started walking recently. I'm not new to exercise, though I don't get much. I've been meeting with a personal trainer once a week for a year, and have been jogging on and off. I'm by no means athletic, I still weigh 230 and a mile still takes about 15 minutes on a good day.

Lately I've started walking A Lot. I picked up munzee, amd have walked about 3-5 miles a day playing since. but in the mornings I'm so stiff!!

this is a weird feeling. my knees pop like crazy, my feet hurt and I feel like I'm hobbling in the mornings. what can I do to stop this?

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