Kind of discouraging

Friday, April 03, 2009

I was so sore yesterday (thursday) after my first strength training on Wednesday. It is a little discouraging. I am still going to go at it today. I just hope that it does not continue to make me that sore afterwards. I have only worked out a few times in my past. I use to dance with my friends a lot when I was younger so that kept me in shape. I love to dance, but really can't anymore since I was in a bad accident almost 10 years ago. I have only actually done real exercises a few times. Never really needed too. My husband tells me I should do it daily as long as I keep changing it up, but I hear that you should take a break every other day. I am not sure what I should really do. Should I do a little everyday or just do the full program Mon, Wed, and Fri? Which one will help me adjust so I don't regret it the following day?
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    As long as you don't work the same muscles two days in a row you can do strength training every day. So you would have to do upper body one day and lower body the next.

    However, that might lead to burn out. I do a whole body circuit of weights 3 times per week on Mon, Wed, Fri and cardio in between with one day that I take off totally. Your body needs one day off to rest. It is the days between your strength training that your muscles actually get stronger. I am always sore the second day after I start. But it does go away after a week or so. If it's not going away you should try lifting less weight.
    4397 days ago
    After your first weight training you'll feel sore... it happens to everyone. But it's a GOOD hurt. It means you've activated your muscles so that they can begin to build mass which burns more fat!

    You should take a day off between strength training. Essentially when you do strength training your muscles "break" and need time to heal and become stronger. Otherwise you're just going to overwork yourself.

    As for dancing, what is stopping you from doing it... is it a mobility thing? Is there any kind of dancing you can do that could be modified to help you? Are you able to do any kind of cardio... remember walking counts ;)

    Grats on your first session and it WILL become easier as you continue. Good luck!
    4398 days ago
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