TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
When do we know when we need to take it easy or when we need to bring in the big guns aka doctors.
I often hear from people about how they are so sore they need to take a break from working out. I think this is a fine line because a lot of times people start a new workout regime without consulting their doctor or a trainer. I mean let’s tell the truth the only time I have EVER seen a doctor before changing my diet or working out routine was when I was on The Biggest Loser. However I know now the reason behind this statement or the fine print on your new workout dvd set you just bought. Doctors and trainers have a series of tests they run on you, so that everyone is clear on your starting perimeters to prevent INJURY.
The important part is knowing the difference between soreness and injury. You do not want to be taken out of the game and not be able to continue on your journey through fitness so knowing where to start is key. When you have these guidelines it gives you a clear idea of what is pushing and what stress is on the brink of real complications.
The key is listening to your body and taking care of yourself. Soreness is good, it usually indicates that you have activated muscles that haven’t been pushed in a long time and almost always is at it’s worst 48-72 hours after initial activity. Often this is remedied through icing and making sure that you get moving so that the lactic acid that has built up breaks up. Resting is the last thing you want to do. If by chance that through continued movement and icing the soreness turns to pain you should see a doctor immediately so that you can nip in the butt and continue on your way. Good luck and remember only you know the difference between soreness and pain so be kind to yourself and take care of your body!