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Should I keep working out with sore muscles, or rest until they are not sore?

Asked by leopardgecko123 (772 points ) September 6th, 2012

I recently started working out. I started out exercising at least three days a week for about an hour or two each time for two weeks now. Yesterday I did many squats and lunges and other leg toning exercises along with jumping rope, some core and ab exercises. Today my thighs, back and butt are slightly sore. Is it okay to jump rope while those muscles are sore, excluding the other exercises, or should I rest until they are not sore?

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lookingglassx3's avatar

I don’t know if it will cause any damage, but when I exercise and it brings on sore muscles, I find it best to rest for 1 or 2 days. In my opinion, the muscles are clearly doing the work needed and are kind of asking for a little break. Having one or two days’ rest should help relieve your pain. I think if you continue to work out whilst your muscles are sore, then chances are you could cause a serious injury.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Rest, you risk permanent injury if you push too hard too soon.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

A little sore I would push through it. A lot sore I would rest. I usually go one day on one day off.

Cruiser's avatar

I would rest. That soreness is your bodies way to tell you enough already. Honor your body.

filmfann's avatar

Know the difference between sore and pain. If it is sore, go a little easier. If it is pain, back off.

jca's avatar

Exercise gives oxygen to muscles. I say exercise but in moderation.

wundayatta's avatar

Would people really let a little soreness stop them? Sure, soreness is the body’s warning signal, but it’s just a little soreness. In reality, if you had something to do, would you ever let a little soreness stop you? I don’t think I would.

In fact, if I did, I would never do anything. My body is pretty much chronically sore these days and no amount of rest seems to make the soreness go away. I have soreness in my back, my shoulder and my achilles heels. I’ve been doing physical therapy, and they never told me to let a little soreness stop me. Pain, yes. If it hurts, then don’t do it. But a little soreness didn’t seem to make them freak out.

But we’re all in our own bodies and we might not be using words the same way. So in the end, I think you have to follow your own body’s lead. If the soreness is too much, then stop. But if it is easily tolerated, and if it goes away as you work out, then maybe you should keep on working out.

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