Should you exercise while sore? If so, what kind of exercise is good?
I never feel bad taking a break when I need it. It's always been my understanding that exercise damages your muscles and the rest period you give yourself is when your body heals the damage. After the damage is healed you've gained the strength you're going for, so in my mind the rest period is just as important as the actual working out.
So in practical application I just make sure if I've worked my arms out really hard one night, I work on my legs or core the next. I just keep that pattern going and I'm able to maximize the exercise and rest periods.
Personally, I think working out again helps with the soreness. It warms those mussles back up and takes some of the pain away. Of course I wouldn't go too hard but just enough push to make it through the pain.
Movement does help! To be a bit sore the next day is normal. I assume that if your arms and legs are sore you did some sort of weight workout. Try doing something more cardiovascular in nature or a flexibility workout. If the soreness lasts more than 3 days you may have overdone it, so take the intensity down of your next weight workout. Consistency helps too. The more your body gets used to the movements, the less sore you will be each time. And always give your body at least 24 hours between strength workouts to recover. If you did a full body weight workout on Monday, for example, then wait till Wednesday to do it again. Or if Monday was lower body day, wait until at least Wednesday to do lower body again, but you could do an upper body workout on Tuesday.
It depends on how sore. If its just a minor irritation I work through it .. otherwise its hard to get motivated when the soreness goes away. Push through it by working a different muscle group.
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