Muscle soreness, should you push through it and work out or be lazy, do nothing, and sleep it off for a day or two?

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    Sep 15, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    I feel as if I don't workout everyday than I am a lazy ass. ;)
    So I'm going to push through it.

    What do you normally do if your muscles are still sore from the workout a day before?
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    Sep 15, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    Blueberries
    Ibuprofin
    Massage
    Movement
    Apply hot and cold, ideally with movement (like in a swimming pool).
    Drink lots of water

    It's natural, and if you don't overdo it, you actually grow to like it.
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    Sep 15, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    skim chocolate milk has been proven in numerous studies to help reduce muscle soreness. i make sure i drink a glass post-workout in order to help reduce soreness the next day. stretching before and after helps as well!
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    Sep 15, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I use comfrey "tea" from plants grown in my garden. 1 qt boiling water to 2 tbsp leaves, let steep until cool. Then soak washcloths in it and apply to any sore spot (especially my knees after running). It works wonders.
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    Sep 15, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    All 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...
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    Sep 15, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    Depends on what the pain level is, I used to push through "soreness" and learned my lesson the hard way. If it hurts to walk i generally won't run. If it hurts to lift my arm over my head, then I won't do shoulder presses. You don't have to stop because of a little soreness, but you have to be smart and look at your condition objectively.
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    Sep 15, 2010 6:21 PM GMT
    I could barely get up this morning. I tried working out yesterday but it proved to be too painful, so I stopped and went to sleep. Now today my muscles feel more sore than yesterday. I guess I should reconsider working out every muscle each day.
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    Sep 15, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    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...


    If you're working out every muscle group, you shouldn't be working out every day. Muscles need time to recover. You're basically damaging your muscles from a work out, and when you rest, the muscles repair themselves and grow stronger to withstand more damage. When you work out the same muscles every day, they don't have time to repair and instead you'll be damaging them permanently...
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    Sep 15, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    dont over due it. heres what i do as a trainer, pt major and ex-athlete. you are going to be sore no matter what you do. i usally take a scoop of creating (that is the only time i do) with 16oz of water. the water and creatine will allow your muscles to replenish your lost stores of essential creatine.
    what soreness is is a micro tear in your muscle. and when your body gets hurt it tends to heal stronger (the concept of hypertrophy muscles, or bigger muscled).

    so instead of hitting the same exercise routine you did the day before, completely flip it. hit chest, then legs, then take a day off to allow those two to rebuild. then hit back and shoulders. you want to work opposite muscles on consecutive day so as not to exhaust your primary ones.

    hope this helps! feel free to shoot me an email about any questions!! good luck!
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    Sep 15, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    Well i try not to go intensely on the same muscles on consecutive days although i have exceptions (Calves and abs notably). If im still sore after 48 hours i will work through it perhaps going lighter or perhaps not. After that second workout though i feel better. No more soreness, no exceptions. The "theory" behind working out while sore is that pumping more blood to the muscles reduces waste products.
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    Sep 15, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    Definitely make allowances for your body to recover & repair in between work outs.

    Resting & Stretching were a couple of things that I had not given enough attention to, as I became overzealous with my workouts. Subsequently, I had suffered an injury from not listening to my body. More specifically, 'pushing though it' resulted with me being sidelined with an injury that I would have averted if I would have simply rested or stretched more.

    Through this experience, I've learnt that patience is the best approach.

    Trying to reach your fitness goals, requires focus & discipline. Focus to perform them diligently and with proper form; and discipline to eat properly, stretch post workouts, and rest to allow for your body to grow and return for the next challenge.

    So yeah...learn to listen to your body more attentively and allow for rest days and stretching.
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    Sep 15, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    Most Real Jocks known how to train through DOMS.
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    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.
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    bananas. sweet potatoes. contain potassium. also pineapple and Turmeric the herb; both contain natural anti-inflammatory properties.
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    Ibuprofen and ice will work, too.
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    Lots of stretching before after and during workouts seems to reduce DOMS for me...

    And, try HOT/COLD showers after your workout. It increases blood circulation and decreases recovery time!


    Joe
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    There been some recent research on distance runners that isn't really germane to muscle soreness but is worth noting.

    Folks who run at high intensity for long periods of time DAMAGE their heart. There's a test for a particular market and they go over the top on it, as well as the mortality stats bear it out.

    http://www.aolhealth.com/2010/03/15/marathon-running-linked-to-heart-damage/

    http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100831/Marathon-running-does-not-cause-sustained-heart-damage.aspx

    http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/070517/17exercise.htm
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    Sep 15, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    Givingvthe body a good rest is not being lazy. The 3 components to good health are: nutrition, exercise, and rest. It is better to take a rest when your body is sore and give it a chance to grow. You can be too neurotic about working out.