So, my upper legs are INCREDIBLY sore after a workout on Saturday (I got back on a horse after about a month and a half off). Mondays are usually my cardio days, but I don't know if I can make it through a half-hour HIIT session like I usually do with this soreness. Getting up out of my chair hurts. Should I nix the cardio today to let my leg muscles rebuild and take it up again tomorrow or just push on through? I know next time I shouldn't push so TERRIBLY hard as to be sore for two days after.
I find doing cardio helpful if I'm sore. However, I'd probably do something less stressful than HIITs, like a slow run.
This may seem an odd question, but did you stretch after your ride? I tend to be less sore after a workout if I really concentrate on stretching the used muscle groups. I still get sore, but it's bearable. You could also try taking a rolling pin to the muscles after working them to massage them.
I would do like cellophane says and lower the intensity, but definitely stretch today even if it hurts. My dumb self would probably try pushing through the more intense workout, but I'm pretty stubborn sometimes. ^-^
I'd do a good warm-up, usually that will get rid of the soreness and then you can do your usual workout. If the soreness doesn't ease up once you're warmed up then I'd keep the intensity low. If you feel pain then stop completely.
I find that working out with sore muscles is usually the best way to get rid of the soreness.
You know it never occurred to me that working them might work the soreness out... I think I'm gonna try that.
No I didn't stretch!! Next time I will! I don't think I stretched before or after. And that makes sense that it would help
I think I might go out and do a nice slow jog with good long stretches before and after. I think I try to find excuses to not do my cardio *sigh* but I know I should! Stretching and a good warm-up. Any ideas for a warm up?
Warmup depends a little bit on what you're doing for a workout. I would start with some all over ballistic and static stretching to get the muscles going and bump up your heart rate. If you are lifting, make sure you do some warm up sets and keep your form solid.
So, I did some really good stretches and took my time warming up and I had one of the best jogs I've had to date. I just kept going and going. And then I went some more! And I couldn't help but throw some HIIT in there... I like to sprint [: Thanks for the tips!! I feel good!