Mousey saidAll of my muscles are sore. lol
I do an hour to an hour and 1/2 workout that works all muscle groups. I don't like to workout only one muscle group a day. I like to workout all. ;)
Anyway on wikipedia it says:
Continued use of the sore muscle also has no adverse effect on recovery from DOMS(delayed onset muscle soreness) and does not exacerbate muscle damage. It is therefore unlikely that DOMS is in fact a warning sign not to use the affected muscle...
so I will work out with all this soreness anyway, I know within 15 minutes I won't be as sore...
Wikipedia isn't a great source, anyone can edit it, and I've frequently seen it proved inaccurate, go ahead and look there, but check a couple other sources as well. DOMS is just your body's way of telling you that the muscle group is rebuilding, and you should take it easy on that group, or rest it. that's the advantage of working different groups on different days, it gives times for some muscle groups to recoup while you are still able to workout other groups. I will sometimes workout heavily through the soreness, but i know my limits, and when to back off.
Even with that, you should take a day or two off from working out a week, because you whole body is affected, some parts indirectly, every time you workout, including your organs, they need a break too.
Besides all that, proper stretching before and after along with warmup and cooldown do help a a lot.