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What to do with sore muscles?

Asked by flash74686 (428 points ) November 18th, 2012 from iPhone

So in kendo practice last Thursday, we did a lot of horse stances (a lot like squats… You can find ‘em in google images) and lunges and I’m so out of shape that my thighs are still sore. I live on the fourth floor of my building and I’ve been alternating between taking the elevator because it hurts so badly and the stairs (which I usually do) because it still hurts but then I wonder to myself if maybe taking the stairs regardless might be better for me.

Any ideas? Is it better to rest my legs, or to try to excercise them, at least as much as I’m already accustomed to? Yesterday was the worst day; I could hardy even walk, and sitting down was torture. I’m a lot better today, but still not 100%, which worries me because I have another kendo practice tomorrow and I don’t want to sit out if at all possible.

I guess just in general, what should I be doing now to heal as best as possible?

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YARNLADY's avatar

It doesn’t sound like your instructor is proceeding correctly. You need to talk about pre exercise and post exercise stretches.

_Whitetigress's avatar

Stretch it. Rub it down. And run, get that oxygen flowing through the body. I remember my P.E. coach saying, “If you’re soar run the pain away.” And of course you still feel a bit of the soreness, but it’s better when you’re body is warm compared to when it’s cold and the pain is heavy.

flash74686's avatar

@YARNLADY It’s not sensei’s fault. We always stretch before and after class. I was just a lot more sore than anyone else because I’m fairly new to the sport, and prior to beginning, never really exercised regularly. We don’t do intense exercises like this every practice.

Judi's avatar

Make sure you drink plenty of water and treat yourself to a bath in epsom salts.

Unbroken's avatar

Water, glutamine, protein, amino acids, stretches, rest.

Tachys's avatar

One more thing: don’t stop. You are over the worst part of beginning to exercise intensely.

JLeslie's avatar

Rest! Skip the stairs for a couple days. Next time you do those exercises make sure you stretch after to move the lactic acid in the muscles out, athough it sounds like you did stretch after. Maybe you pushed a little too hard, but you need to ush a little of course to build stregnth and stamina in those muscles.

gondwanalon's avatar

Rest. Also sit in a tub of cold water for 20 minutes a day. Take anti-inflammatory med like aspirin. Don’t exercise hard again until you feel better. Good luck!

Coloma's avatar

I go for massage and my hot tub. Moist heat penetrates you know. Oh my, that sounds titillating doesn’t it? LOL Hot water is the best for relaxing sore muscles.

technomaster's avatar

Sitting in hot water tub or icing the part that hurts

Seiryuu's avatar

If you’re just starting then soreness will be inevitable. Drink water and massage the sore areas gently while relaxing in hot water. You’ll get rid of the lactic acid easier that way.

And to reiterate what a lot of people said: get rest.

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