help please (fitness soreness)

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by AllCourt, May 23, 2007.

  1. AllCourt

    AllCourt Rookie

    Jul 24, 2004
    i know this has been discussed alot, and im very sorry, its just that i couldnt really find an answer to my question in the previous posts. day before yesterday, i did a few jump rope intervals (20 second as fast as possible, 10 second rest, repeat a few times(i think i did about 6)), and then did some upper body work for the bowflex (one arm cable pulldowns, 1 arm cable "dips
    , and one arm resisted "punch") and did a little shadow boxing in between, but very little, it was just to keep me pumped. the day after, yesterday, i played a few baseline games in tennis and did a couple of sets of bodyweight squats just to make me feel a bit tired. today, my arms, shoulders, and back are quite sore. i was hoping to regularly excercise and get as fit as i could this summer, and i really hate this soreness slowing me down. what can i do to get rid of it quickly?
  2. c_zimma

    c_zimma Semi-Pro

    Jan 3, 2006
    I am sure someone else can give you advice on getting rid of the soreness quickly. But as far as your body is concerned, if you continue a consistant routine, your body will adapt and you will get used to it. When I started a little weight training, I was dead for a week or two. But now, I don't even get sore.
  3. OrangeOne

    OrangeOne Legend

    May 31, 2006
    Have you just returned to exercise? It's basically as c_zimma said in the post above me, the soreness does decrease over time in people new to exercise. You may find this absurd....but you will probably even learn to enjoy the soreness.

    A few random tidbits:
    • The soreness is sometimes labelled as "DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness". Usually kicks in 24-48 hours after exercise.
    • It will lessen over time
    • Make sure you're doing appropriate warm-ups and cool-downs (including stretching in at least the cool-down).
    • Some people find that some soreness can be gently exercised-out, that gentle exercise makes the soreness less. Going for a walk can be good for legs, swimming can be good for whole body. (This point is purely a 'some people feel' - I'm not basing it in anything formal)
    Happy training! As I say, you will most likely learn to love the soreness.

    Disclaimer: If the soreness continues, and is very significant, of course go see your doctor!
  4. pinetree47

    pinetree47 New User

    Feb 18, 2007
    Soreness-My Experience

    I recently started a workout routine that in the past would have taken me two to three days before I could start back again. However, even now I am several years older, both the initial soreness and recovery time has greatly improved.
    There are two things that I have done over the past three months that may have influenced this. One, I started a high dose of Fish Oil (Omega 3) as rec. by my Doc., and Two, I started yoga 1 to 2 times a week. I am guessing it is the yoga that helped the most, although one of the proposed benefits of fish oil is reduced inflamation. Additionally, my movement and balance on the court seems to have improved. I was a skeptic of yoga at first, but I think it has helped. I do not always do a full session of yoga a week, but I have incorporated some of the "poses" into my regular strectching / exercise routine.

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