OOOOWWWWW……..I am always complaining to my Thursday night Turbo Kick class that I am SORE……usually due in part to my Tuesday night PiYo class. ♥ (Because it takes about 2 days for that work out to catch up to you!) Sometimes they look at me funny, like I’m making it up, or I’m trying to promote my PiYo class, (which I really should do because PiYo is AWESOME….come on out and see for yourself!) but the fact of the matter is, I am pretty much sore in various areas just about everyday of the week.
So, you ask, how come a fitness instructor is sore all the time? Shouldn’t I be *used* to exercising by now? No! You never want to be “used to” exercise! The fact of the matter is, being sore is a GOOD thing. It’s a true sign that you are challenging your body. When you exercise, the result is the microscopic tearing of your muscles fibers….now this sounds like a scary thing, but it’s actually quite normal. When the muscles fibers start to heal, they become stronger than they were before. That’s how they build themselves up. Easy, right? Sure! However, the key point here is that they DO need time to heal. This is why you shouldn’t work the same muscle group two days in a row, or do two intense cardio sessions two days in a row~~ those muscle fibers need time to rebuild themselves. So, yes, my upper body was killing me yesterday from all those down dog push ups with did in PiYo on Tuesday….today my legs are sore from that wicked roundhouse kick section in Turbo last night. Sore isn’t always a bad thing!
So, should you work out when you are sore? Sure! You may not be feeling like it, but it’s actually been shown that light exercise when you are sore can be beneficial and can actually speed the healing process. When you are sore, that might be a good time to do some exercises that emphasize stretching and flexibility. However, if you are *very* sore, it might be a good idea to take that day off. A foam roller is a great investment to help massage those aching muscles. I love mine! NEVER skip the stretching at the end of a work out, and make sure you are getting enough protein. Also, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! These things will help keep your soreness down to a minimum.
Now, please keep in mind that there is a difference between “being sore” and “being in pain”. Sore is uncomfortable, but you can still move through an exercise fairly easily. Pain isn’t going to let you to that. I’m sure you know the difference, but I felt it was important to say. Listen to your body, and be smart.
So, if you are feeling like you are stuck in an exercise rut and your routine just isn’t providing you results anymore, change it up! I do all kinds of different exercises on a daily basis to keep my body guessing! Need help deciding what to do? Hit me up and I’ll give you some ideas!
**Disclaimer: I AM NOT a medical professional! Just a girl that likes to exercise and has learned a few things along the way.**