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Working out with sore muscles?

I finally starting strength training and my muscles are really sore. Which I'm taking as a good thing because hopefully they will heal stronger. My question is: should I rest my muscles until they feel better or can I keep working out? I'm not so worried about my upper body, because to start I am only going to work each muscle group one day per week so hopefullly they will feel better by next week. But I want to keep doing cardio and my leg muscles are sore. Is it okay to keep running and biking while my legs are sore or will that slow the healing process?

Tue. Dec 19, 2:45pm

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to avoid lactic acid build up, take a glutamine supplement after a workout. Or, in the event of lactic acid, take bromelain to help ease the pain.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 4:43 PM

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I'd just try icing the sore muscles before I went so far as to take anything for them.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 5:23 PM

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icing doesn't rid ones body of lactic acid. Bromelain is a pineapple enzyme. Infinitely better for ones body than something like tylenol. Glutamine is an amino acid the body needs to build muscle mass. Lactic acid is often made when the body doesn't have enough glutamine- hence glutamine helps prevent a lactic acid dump.

Moreoever, my muscle building buddy used to tell me to soak in a hot tub to reduce lactic acid pains, not ice anything down. You ice things down when you pull or strain them, not when they're simply sore from a workout.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 6:47 PM

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Your muscle building buddy is wrong. Try a comparison on two different weeks (soak one week and ice another) and then come back and tell us the results. Warmth will make sore muscles more sore for longer. Icing right after exercise is the best way to go.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 7:08 PM

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neither I, nor I think the OP were talking about "after exercising" - we were talking about the next day when you realise your worked yourself pretty hard.

The odd time I get that pain of I-worked-myself-too-hard-yesterday, I take a hot bath and feel better. I don't get more sore.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 8:49 PM

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