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Fit Tip: Exercise Even If You're Sore

Fit Tip: Exercise Even If You're Sore

The day after a grueling strength-training session or lengthy bike ride always leaves me deliciously sore. Yes, I admit that I love the feeling of sore muscles, but on those days, I often feel like skipping out on exercise. While days of rest are definitely necessary and a great reward for a previous day's hard work, a little soreness is no excuse to ditch the gym entirely. A light workout will actually help alleviate some of the tightness and tenderness you feel. I'm in no way encouraging you to do a 10-mile run, or 30-minute session of squats and lunges. Take it easy and go for a relaxing walk, do some stretching, or even a short jog. The light exercise will get blood pumping to your muscles, and afterward, your soreness should feel much less painful. I will say that if you wake up and are extremely sore, as in you-can't-even-walk sore, then a day or more of rest will probably be more beneficial.

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I love sore muscles; I feel like I am getting stronger and more fit. I do Jillian Michaels and Core Fusion and you definitely feel a burn during and some soreness afterwards. Then I do yoga that night and/or the following morning to stretch the muscles. It helps the soreness go away fast. When I feel that my muscles have adjusted to a workout and I no longer feel it, I shelve that workout for 2-4 weeks and then start doing it again. For me that's a long enough break to erase my muscle "memory" and it feels challenging all over again.
cg130 cg130 6 years
I always love the after-workout muscle burn! On days when I'm really sore, I like to do Pilates or Yoga instead of usual cardio/strength, because I find the extra stretching really helps with the pain!
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 6 years
I also like having sore muscles. I feel the most soreness with my trainer and also with kickboxing (not the dinky gym kickboxing classes - I mean the real deal from a karate place). I usually drink plenty of water after a workout to flush everything followed by stretching. The 2nd day hurts more but light stretches usually helps than relying on Advil. :)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I kind of like having sore muscles as well, but it seems like when I work out again, they stop being sore.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
After a tough race I'll do an easy mile swim or 30 min on the bike trainer to flush everything out --- followed by a long stretch and I feel so much better the next day :)
JulieJean JulieJean 6 years
I love the feeling of sore muscles too! It gives me a great sense of accomplishment. :)
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years
My friends always think I am crazy when I tell them that I enjoy the muscle pain (sore). Glad to find out there are others like me. :)
laellavita laellavita 6 years
when i am really sore after an especially grueling session with my trainer, if i leave a work out to the day after, i always always always hurt even more the 2nd day in.
kristints kristints 6 years
I LOVE the feeling of being sore after a hard workout. I'm doing Jillian Michael's DVDs which are killers but now that my body has sort of adjusted I don't get that good sore feeling as often. :(
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