Sunday, April 26, 2009

Are you sore from your last workout?

Hey guys!

Some of you may know, some others may not but anyways I just wanted to point out the fact that even if you feel MILDLY sore after a workout you can and should go for a jog, a bike ride, or a brisk walk. The reason why you should do it is because according to Alan Mikesky, Ph.D., director of the human performance and biomechanics laboratory at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. In less severe instances, an "active rest" involving light aerobic activity and stretching, and even light lifting, can help alleviate some of the soreness. "Light activity stimulates bloodflow through the muscles, which removes waste products to help in the repair process," says David Docherty, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at the University of Victoria in Canada.

The real expert says: If you're not sore to the touch and you have your full range of motion, go to the gym. Start with 10 minutes of cycling, then exercise the achy muscle by performing no more than three sets of 10 to 15 repetitions using a weight that's no heavier than 30 percent of your one-rep maximum, says Docherty.

So loosen up and no excuses to go on a walk. :)

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