Jan 12, 2011 10:12 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Trainer Dawn Foreman reminds us there are four things to remember when you start an exercise program: get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, eat right, and listen to your body. If you are really tired, sleep! If this means going to bed a few minutes earlier, do it. So what do you do if you overdo it when you are exercising? First, you need to recognize the signs of overtraining. It's typical to have some soreness for a couple of days if you are just starting out and demanding more of those muscles. Symptoms of OVERTRAINING are that you are unusually tired during the day, as if you can't get enough rest. Another symptom is that the soreness lasts for more than 2 or 3 days and your joints are just achy. If you do experience these symptoms, try the following: rest, stay away from the activity that caused the soreness to that particular set of muscles (upper or lower body), ice the area, use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (unless you are medically unable to do so) and consult a physician if the problem persists. Remember, it takes time and persistence. Be kind to yourself and be patient. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!