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Working Out When Really Sore - Is It A Good Idea?

I'm one of those people who LOVES feeling sore the day after working out. I love to feel muscles I haven't felt in a long time - it makes me feel like I really worked it.

That sore feeling is normal, and it's caused by microscopic tears in your muscle fibers. When your body rebuilds the damaged muscles, they become even stronger.

If you've gone for a run yesterday, and today your thighs and butt are so sore that you have a hard time walking down stairs, then you probably want to skip out on running for the day. You want to give your muscles a chance to heal completely and properly, if you don't, you could end up injuring yourself.

That doesn't mean you have to skip out on exercising altogether. Take it down a notch and maybe go for a short walk or do some stretching - the light exercise will get your blood pumping and actually might help to relieve some of your discomfort. Or use this as a great opportunity to work some other muscle groups. Grab some weights and work your arms, or do some ab or booty strengthening exercises.

Fit's Tips: The main point here is to listen to your body, and do what you're comfortable with. Obviously if you are in a lot of pain, you want to rest your body. You can take an OTC anti-inflammatory such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen sodium/naprosyn). Or you can take arnica or rub Topricin on your sore muscles. If a muscle is extremely tender, you can also ice the area to reduce swelling and pain. On the other hand, if you are sore all over, taking a hot bath or getting a gentle massage might be the answer to your body's prayers.


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txhottie txhottie 10 years
I love that sore feeling! Especially when I work out arms and upper body! I love to know that my boobs are getting higher!!
ley ley 10 years
yup i had major aches first time i did turkish get-ups with dumbells.. the pain didn't go away for days. Also thats why i think people should know that you should never train the same body part consecutively, you should do them in splits so your muscles have time to recuperate.
1lyfe2live 1lyfe2live 10 years
oh thats so weird, today i am sooooo sore especailly my butt, my butt has never been sore before. whats up with that? now i am rethinking working out tommrow.
nessabum nessabum 10 years
i remember doing lunges for the first time in my life awhile, i couldn't walk or sit or anything! i was in too much pain to even move.
qtpye0831 qtpye0831 10 years
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cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks fit! I was wondering about this, and you hav def cleared it up!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
On my second day of Physical Therapy I was really really sore and the therapist I had that day (she was covering for mine) was really mean and forcing me to go deeper into my lunges. Well that was not a good idea because I was not able to get back up properly and ended up falling. Over Memorial Day weekend my friends and I went on an over 4 mile hike. I was soooooooooooooooooo sore for the next two days. Like barely able to walk sore. I avoided working out and just stretched all day
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