Should you exercise while sore? If so, what kind of exercise is good?
If you are sore, you might want to focus on a stretching or mobility type of video to increase your flexibility. There are different levels of sore, a little sore, I still workout. If there is major soreness in a muscle group I will usuarlly focus on a different muscle group for that day so that recovery can take place.
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.
I'm a teacher and at the end of my first week of DailyBurn I competed in a teachers/alumni/parents vs. students basketball game... Well, we won the game, but I am very competitive and I pushed myself too hard without having any kind of sustained workout regimen beforehand. All the work caused delayed onset muscle soreness in my legs, which kind of knocks out some of your mobility. After reading a bit around the internet I decided that I would try exercising through it, and while I can't tell you if it affected the duration of my soreness overall, I think it actually reduced the soreness in the long term and made it easier for me to walk without discomfort. As a total non-medical-professional, I would say that you probably don't want to do some of the higher intensity workouts if your mobility is impaired by the soreness, though.
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