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Old 08-23-2005, 02:20 PM   #1
Paul Theodorescu
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While in Europe I've noticed that people are generally a lot more active than where I live in Quebec. On a typical day they will undoubtedly do a lot more walking and low intensity biking. Something striking though is that these activities never result in soreness. I get more sore from 15 heavy clean&jerks than I do from 6 hours of trekking!

To boil down the issue:

Intensity (even accompanied by a sedentary lifestyle?) is the quintessential way to get fit.

Intensity usually also engenders a great deal of soreness.

The problem with this, is that I try to lead an active lifestyle. If I get invited to go biking, play tennis, play squash, go jogging, go mountain climbing... I wanna go! But for example today, my glutes and hamstrings are so sore I don't even want to go to the bathroom.

I guess the trick is build up gradually and sacrifice some intensity for everyday functionality?
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:18 PM   #2
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It'll get better. The other side is that a bit o' trekking might actually fix the soreness. Kind of a "hair of the dog" theory.
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:38 PM   #3
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When you are sore, low level activity does wonders to reduce the soreness. It gets the blood flowing, breaks up little clots of blood in the muscles, helps relax the muscles and get them warm. Sure it feels like crap getting started, but you will feel much better mid way and afterwards.

Heck, I'm at least mildly sore somewhere pretty much all the time. Your recovery times will get better, and the maximal soreness will go down.
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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Heck, I'm at least mildly sore somewhere pretty much all the time.

I'll second that, Roger :biggrin:
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