muscle recovery

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    Jul 29, 2010 2:53 PM GMT
    After nearly a year away from the gym, I finally got back....man am I sore! First day back I hit legs, and hard. They are absolutely killing me. I'm walking around like an old man. Any pearls of wisdom to increase the recovery time?
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    Jul 29, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    decrease. Anyway, the answer is blood. You need to encourage gentle blood flow to the hurty areas. Walking, gentle swimming or something like yoga all work. Stretching is also nice.
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    Jul 29, 2010 7:19 PM GMT
    I have a banana after working out. Instant simple carbs and potassium together. Wooooo.
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    (OK there is more potassium in a potato, but they are not as yummy as nanas)
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    Jul 29, 2010 10:18 PM GMT
    Dayton31 saidAfter nearly a year away from the gym, I finally got back....man am I sore! First day back I hit legs, and hard. They are absolutely killing me. I'm walking around like an old man. Any pearls of wisdom to increase the recovery time?
    You're over 30. The way you're walking has nothing to do with your workout. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 30, 2010 7:12 AM GMT
    Malic acid calcium and magnesium greatly reduce muscle soreness.
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    Jul 30, 2010 7:17 AM GMT
    ...you hit legs HARD your first day back... you are gonna hurt -- even the pros become incapacitated from the DOMS after leg days.
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    Jul 30, 2010 7:20 AM GMT
    Stretch legs immediately after workout while the muscles are still warm. Some carbs and protein afterwards is good too.
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    Jul 30, 2010 7:24 AM GMT
    I find that if I let myself hobble around like an old man, it just delays the soreness. I try and ease back into normal range of motion and I find that it helps. It's probably psychological, but whatever works icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 30, 2010 7:26 AM GMT
    RESET AND EAT......icon_smile.gif
  • Markebri

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    Jul 30, 2010 7:39 AM GMT
    What Lostboy said, gotta get the blood pumping in that area again. The soreness will subside after you have properly stretched out those aching muscles. I usually go for a bike ride or swim to loosen up my calves if they feel a little too tight from my previous leg workout. You're going to feel more sore then usual during the first couple of weeks after beginning your workout regimen once again. Kudos to you for getting back into the swing of things at the gym. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 30, 2010 1:18 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your comments!

    To add insult to injury, the day after the legs, I was using the cable row machine and as I returned the hand grip to the resting position I got a sharp pain in my lower back. So I've now also pulled something in my back. I've never had such issues at the gym. icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 30, 2010 1:20 PM GMT
    dash_8 saidI find that if I let myself hobble around like an old man, it just delays the soreness. I try and ease back into normal range of motion and I find that it helps. It's probably psychological, but whatever works icon_biggrin.gif



    I've considered doing this, I'll have to try it out.
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    Jul 30, 2010 2:09 PM GMT

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    Jul 30, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    you sound like you are trying to come back where you left off... and of course you are going to hurt. Start as a beginner in the first session, a late beginner in the second, early intermediate in the next... ie take it slowly. I reckon 2-3 months before you will be where you were after a year out.
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    Jul 30, 2010 3:17 PM GMT
    Very true Lostboy. I was a bit too excited to be back....it felt GREAT while I was doing it. I do need to slow it down.....definately.