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To work out or not to work out...that is the question...

If Im still VERY sore from Monday's workout, do I work out today or let my body continue to rest? Dont want to be a wimp and dont want to push myself too hard either...please help!

Wed. Aug 2, 9:57am

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I would not do weights (since it sounds like your muscles may still be repairing themselves), but I would do some cardio to loosen the muscles up - a brisk walk or even a jog (depending on your fitness level), followed by a good, long stretching session.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 10:04 AM

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Often it is 2 days after a tough weight training workout where I feel the most sore/stiff. Definitely get some exercise, but easy cardio only. A bike ride, easy spinning class, walk/jog on the treadmill, go for a walk outside. You want to get some blood pumping through those muscles! Active recovery for you.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 10:06 AM

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OP Here...thanks, I will! :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 10:13 AM

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my physical therapist told me that if someone is that sore from working out (including weight trainning) then they are doing it incorrectly.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 11:30 AM

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Some residual soreness (particularly the first time you try a new exercise) is a sign that you're building muscle, sharp pain is a sign you've injured yourself. The trick is knowing which is which.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 11:59 AM

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I hear what your physical therapist is saying, and my personal trainer says the same thing - you don't have to be painfully sore to improve. But that said, usually the first time my trainer gives me a new workout, I'm pretty sore afterwards. By the time I do it the second and third time, I have hardly any soreness. Sometimes it might just be an adjustment. Hopefully that's the case with the OP.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 12:15 PM

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no, my girl here screwed herself up, couple weeks of little to no exercise, followed by an intense workout with weights. she's been whining in our group for a couple days now. (just kidding, girl, you know I love you.)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 1:10 PM

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OP here...I dont know if I am who you are talking about...I work out pretty much daily :) Its working with my trainer that is kicking my ass...its definitely sore muscle pain and not sharp pain but it still sucks...

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 2:47 PM

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I do extra-hard workouts (one with trainer) a couple of times a week, with moderate ones on other days. I try to take a hot bath after every workout, even if it's just for 15 minutes, because it really does help. Often I make the next day either a day off or a yoga/walking day.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 5:09 PM

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1:10pm poster here

Sorry, OP! Your post sounded just like one of the girls in one of my groups. She set me straight that it's not her. Just so you know, you have a "partner in pain."

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 5:36 PM

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More than one partner in pain. I run 3X weekly but just started weights on Tuesday and am in the same boat =)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006, 6:56 PM

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