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Fit Tip: Exercise the Day After a Long or Difficult Workout

Spring may have inspired you to go on an exercise bender. Those long runs, hikes, or bike rides feel great while you're moving, but they can leave you feeling really sore the following day. To ease your pain, don't skip working out the next day since light exercise gets your blood moving, which can help heal microscopic muscle tears. It is those tiny tears, not lactic acid, that create sore and tight muscles. The day after a difficult or longer-than-usual workout, your body will appreciate a light jog, short walk, gentle stretching, or some moderate strength training exercises. Try it and see.


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missxvicious missxvicious 8 years
I think.I may try this.Thanks for the tip
Kyko Kyko 8 years
I just learned this! I worked out pretty hard last friday, and I FELT it on saturday and sunday. Instead of doing the usual NOTHING on the weekend, I went on a couple of hikes with my mom. I felt SO much better, the soreness was gone.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
I always do this. Of course a day off is good for you too, but if I'm sore I go for an easy run to loosen up my muscles and shake out some lactic acid.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I agree that it's the good hurt! However I have super sore shins and my hubby (who's a PT) is having me work on them agressively. OW!
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
after 4 consecutive days of working out my body is so sore i just dont do anything the 5th and sometimes 6th day. but they stay sore. maybe i should just do some light walking and stretching...maybe it'll help. thanks for the tip :)
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
i only go for a walk if i'm really sore - otherwise, i feel like i overcompensate and end up hurting my knees or back
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
Rock climbing yesterday = massive muscle soreness today. Maybe a short run after work will loosen me up a little.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
thats the good hurt! i love it... and yes, feel much better after just 15-20 minutes of light cardio.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I just did this insane Tracy Anderson workout. I figured that since I was a ballerina most of my life (and she uses ballet methods), it wouldn't be that bad. I couldn't even sleep last night my muscles hurt so much. I guess I should suck it up and go for a walk tonight to loosen up.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I always try to work out in some way when my muscles are sore. Definitely helps!
MrsRachel MrsRachel 8 years
It can be so hard to actually work out at all when your muscles are all screaming! However, I have noticed that when I do get off my bum I do feel much better. Its just so hard.... :)
mod16 mod16 8 years
i would totally try this if i wasn't so busy and tired all the time
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