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I Like Pain

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Despite indulging in a bit of spirits last night, I'm feeling wonderful today. Not as sore as I'd actually like to be. I'll step up my bodybuilding on Thursday.

I've been "comfortably sore" I call it every day since I began this journey. It's my sweet spot. I have a dull ache in my muscles that lets me know I've worked them, lets me know I'm actually doing something, but it doesn't hurt really. I have full range of motion and all that.

A gentle soreness tells me which muscles to work that day (the ones that aren't sore) and which ones to rest (the ones that are bordering on too sore.) It makes my stretches feel better, like taking a shower when you're REALLY dirty - it's always better. Or is that just me?

I love my achiness. Today, I'm feeling very relaxed; barely a tickle in my shoulders, and the rest of me is on easy street. I should work harder. I'm adapting.

If you're suffering from sore muscles and you're tempted not to work out because of them, I have some serious advice for you: GO WORK OUT. Whatever muscles are hurting you, you want those to be secondary muscles in your workout. For example, if your calves are hurting, take a slow walk without any incline. If your abs are dying, doing some back or side work. If your shoulders bite, work your chest or arms so that your shoulders are just barely kicking into it. If you move the sore muscles, but not work them again really, then they loosen up. If you let them just sit, they go all stiff, and it's bad bad bad.

Don't forget to stretch.
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    I'm seriously sore today -- but it's due to that intense massage. Oof.

    When do you stretch? After weight lifting, in the mornings, what? I'm getting mixed messages on this one, so am curious.

    2107 days ago
    Soreness from workimg out of just hard work is one of my favorite things. Like you said it makes me feel I've done some good. Unfortunatly work has kept me from the gym this week (12 hr days of moderate labor). But friday and the weekend I have some awesome workouts planned so I am excited.

    Keep it up!
    2108 days ago
    Thanks for the advice. I finally remembered to stretch today after my cardio. emoticon
    2108 days ago
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