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As fitness enthusiasts, we all know that after a good workout our muscles will be feeling the pain for a few days. It’s always important to make sure we stretch after our workout, but what about the next day? No one wants to kill their mojo by having to take a day off just because we have sore muscles. So what are us fitness fiends to do? We find workouts that we can do that won’t completely kill us, but that will allow us to stay on track.
So, what kind of workouts would that be? Well, the first option would be to work the opposite muscles of what are sore. So, if you did a leg workout and your legs are sore, do an upper body workout. A great example of an upper body workout would be dumbbell curls, chest flies and shoulder presses. The same goes for other sore muscles; if your arms are sore from a killer arm workout then work your legs. You can do squats, leg lifts, etc. And you can always work your core muscles with crunches, sit-ups and pushups — that is, unless it’s your abs that are killing you. Another great option would be to do some light cardio. Maybe go for a walk or run, ride a bike, do some jumping jacks or maybe even jump rope.
Another idea is to do what many call active resting. It includes non-traditional ways to get your exercise in. So how do you do that? Well, you can go bowling, play an easy game of basketball or kick or throw the ball around with your kids. This is a win-win situation, because not only do you get some activity, you get to enjoy some time with your kids.
These are all great ideas, but what if your entire body is sore? If you’ve had killer workouts all week and every inch of your body is sore, what then? The best workout for that would be yoga. Doing yoga stretches is so good for your body. It not only helps work out all the kinks in your muscles, it helps you relax. Another great thing about yoga is you can do it pretty much anywhere — in your house, outside on the lawn, at the gym. Since I’m a runner, one of my favorite poses is Pigeon pose. It really opens your hips and stretches your upper thighs and hamstrings. I like to say it hurts so good.
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Now that I’ve destroyed every excuse you have to not work out when your muscles are sore, it is time to get out there and do it. Get your workout in!