Reprieve from Beginner Soreness?

  • GlitzPianoman

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    Dec 02, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    Before I ask my question, I'd like to say that I understand the old adage "no pain, no gain", and I'm loving the fact that I'm feeling as much pain as I am with this new workout program, because it means my body is actually working.

    With that being said, is there anything I can do to alleviate beginner soreness a bit? It's at the point where it's more difficult to walk than it usually is when I start back at the gym. I don't think I've injured myself, but I wouldn't mind speeding up my recovery somewhat.

    Any suggestions?
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 02, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    If you take calcium magnesium supplement and malic acid before bed it will greatly reduce muscle soreness.icon_idea.gif Google the DOMS. Delayed Onset Muscle Syndrome.icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    rest
    eat well
    move on your days off (swimming, gentle stretching, walking) : blood flow will help you a lot.

    embrace the stiffness.

    Have a massage every now and again to iron out longer term creases.
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:39 PM GMT
    Potasium (eating bananas) helped me. And just taking a couple advil. Seems the major soarness was just in the first couple time exercising a given muscle group. There after, the soarness, even after a hard or prolonged workout, was not that bad.
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    Also, make sure you are drinking enough water.
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    Dec 02, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    There isn't much besides active recovery.
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    Dec 02, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    "Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness" (DOMS)

    Hit the sauna or hot tub for some relief as well.
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    Dec 02, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    GlitzPianoman saidBefore I ask my question, I'd like to say that I understand the old adage "no pain, no gain", and I'm loving the fact that I'm feeling as much pain as I am with this new workout program, because it means my body is actually working.

    With that being said, is there anything I can do to alleviate beginner soreness a bit? It's at the point where it's more difficult to walk than it usually is when I start back at the gym. I don't think I've injured myself, but I wouldn't mind speeding up my recovery somewhat.

    Any suggestions?


    Eat a protein and veggy meal within 10 minutes of working out . This will help out a huge amount.
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    Dec 02, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    GlitzPianoman saidBefore I ask my question, I'd like to say that I understand the old adage "no pain, no gain", and I'm loving the fact that I'm feeling as much pain as I am with this new workout program, because it means my body is actually working.

    With that being said, is there anything I can do to alleviate beginner soreness a bit? It's at the point where it's more difficult to walk than it usually is when I start back at the gym. I don't think I've injured myself, but I wouldn't mind speeding up my recovery somewhat.

    Any suggestions?

    That soreness will go away in a couple of weeks. My body rarely ever gets sore now and my workouts are pretty intense.
  • Stephan

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    Dec 02, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    If this is your first time back to the gym or new work, Limit your excerise.
    Don't over do it, and just to small amounts so that your body gets used to the idea of the workout.
    Then, you can later on jump into a strong workout.
  • GlitzPianoman

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    Dec 02, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    Thanks! I'll try the stretching and bananas, since those ones are the ones I can afford to do icon_biggrin.gif.
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    Dec 02, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    Epsom Salt baths...you can get a milk carton of the stuff for under 4 bucks at any drug store.
  • Danny3ll

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    Dec 03, 2011 10:50 PM GMT
    rub some alcohol on the muscle
    itll help the muscle to relax
    it always works for me
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    Dec 03, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    Danny3ll saidrub some alcohol on the muscle
    itll help the muscle to relax
    it always works for me


    use rubbing alcohol, not beer
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    Dec 04, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    Lostboy said
    Danny3ll saidrub some alcohol on the muscle
    itll help the muscle to relax
    it always works for me


    use rubbing alcohol, not beer

    Unless you use beer and let someone lick it off. icon_twisted.gif


    Let your muscles have two days off to recover before working them again (for the first week or two anyways).
    The other guys gave you some good suggestions-- drink plenty of water, soak in a hot tub, and have a banana.
    Also make sure to get enough rest, and you could drink some tonic water.
  • GlitzPianoman

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    Dec 04, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Thanks, everyone. I'm feeling a lot better today. I think I'll be able to get back at it tomorrow! icon_biggrin.gif