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Working Out When You Feel Really Sore

Do You Work Out Even When Really Sore?

I spent a good portion of my Sunday bouldering in the gym. Time flew by and before I knew it, I had spent about four hours climbing up and down bouldering walls. I felt OK that evening, but the next day I was unbelievably sore.

I knew the soreness I was feeling wasn't anything to be alarmed about. Soreness is caused by microscopic tears in your muscle fibers — when your body rebuilds the damaged muscles, they become even stronger. To be honest, I was glad I felt a little worked. I focused on muscles that don't normally get my attention, and what I was feeling said that it paid off.

That night I had plans to hit the gym and possibly a yoga class, but given how sore my body was I debated skipping out altogether. Ultimately, a late night at the office and a forgotten gym bag kept me from going. When I got home, I soaked in a bath of epsom salts and decided on some light stretching instead.

How about you . . .

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I used to get super sore when I did weights (light weights, many reps) and took the next day or two super light and just did some dance workout DVD's, so I still got a bit of a workout in but didn't hurt myself.
vanillabean vanillabean 6 years
I generally feel better if I continue to work out the next day rather than take a day off--but it's usually cardio or yoga, not weight/strength training.
Dbaby Dbaby 6 years
If you are exercising enough to feel sore, then you should definitely give those muscles a rest before working them out again. This is known officially as the Theory of Supercompensation and generally, one should rest between 24-48 hours after a hard strength training session. If your recovery time is too short, you will decrease your performance efficiency and this will lead to overtraining. Unless you are training for some sort of world championship, and therefore under the careful eye of very well-trained professionals, you should take the time to rest between workouts. **except cardiovascular/endurance training, which can be done two or three days in a row without a break.
Dbaby Dbaby 6 years
If you are exercising enough to feel sore, then you should definitely give those muscles a rest before working them out again. This is known officially as the Theory of Supercompensation and generally, one should rest between 24-48 hours after a hard strength training session. If your recovery time is too short, you will decrease your performance efficiency and this will lead to overtraining. Unless you are training for some sort of world championship, and therefore under the careful eye of very well-trained professionals, you should take the time to rest between workouts. **except cardiovascular/endurance training, which can be done two or three days in a row without a break.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 6 years
For me, it really depends on the muscle groups worked. If my legs are still working, I try really hard to at least spend some time on the elliptical at a lower resistance, if I need to. This is generally speaking, of course - right now I've been on hiatus from the gym due to health problems and am having a really hard time getting back in fully time, so I'm more prone to skip the gym over lesser stuff. :P
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
I've always heard that working out when sore helps relieve the pain.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Yeah, it's rare that I get extremely sore, but sometimes after a good strength workout, I am pretty sore the next day. However, when I work out sore, the soreness goes away somewhat.
mek123 mek123 6 years
If I'm just a little sore, I will definitely workout the next day; if I'm extremely sore, I will use the next day as my day-off for the week. I'm with califab; if my knees are bothering me I will rest for the day.
califab califab 6 years
I go through periods when I get sore knees from running (then sometimes I'm fine for months). If it's not too bad I try to take ibuprofen and power thorugh the next one, but sometimes it seems like that's not the right thing to do. Knee soreness isn't really the same as muscle soreness, I'm don't think it means you're building strength!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I went to the chiropractor and then to yoga on Monday. I must have been feeling squirrelly because I really went deep in the poses, farther than I usually go. I was so sore and stiff yesterday and this morning that I took a rest day. I'm still really sore, but am going to do a light yoga session just to stretch my muscles out.
Zulkey Zulkey 6 years
I did it this morning! I am sore from seeing my trainer Monday and shredding yesterday. I just ran though which doesn't increase my soreness and I warm up quickly.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
I'll usually do my regular workout -- once I start moving and flushing out the lactic acid I feel better. If I'm sore from a long run, I'll swim... if I'm sore from a long ride, I'll run, etc.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 6 years
If I'm really sore I'll just do an extended session of yoga the next day - which feels great for the sore muscles since it stretches them out.
LilyLyra LilyLyra 6 years
Last week I started working out to the 30 day shred DVD and got VERY sore the first day, the second day I decided to continue despite the soreness. I couldn't walk afterwards and any movement had me wincing with pain. I'm not such a pansy and I do exercise regularly, but that DVD left me very sore. So now my policy is definitely take a break the day after, or do some light exercise.
Ayu Ayu 6 years
I took a capoeira class on Monday and was really weak and sore the next day, but still had an intense snowball fight and cycled in the snow. I'm even more sore today, but I still cycled and continued snowball fighting. Now if it wasn't for the snow, I'd probably just go for a jog in the evening (to not upset my newly acquired blisters), but it's just too much fun to miss out on that. I just hope I'll be fine till the next capoeira class :)
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I've not yet managed to be sore all over, so I can alyways find a workout that's not painful.
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