Should I abandon my half-assed fitness regimen on the second day?
February 23, 2011 10:11 AM Subscribe
After a lifetime of indifferent body maintenance I am engaging in a fitness regimen of sorts. One day in and I am extremely sore. What am I in for? What should I do?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
OK, so, I walk a lot and am in generally good health, straight up 'normal' BMI, but this is probably the first intentional exercise I've gotten in ten years. I am doing the 100 push-ups thing, using an app. My initial test I was able to do 6 good push-ups (quiet, you). The app told me to do 5 sets on my first day with 60 seconds of rest between them - I think the sets were 6, 5, 5, 6, 7. I did them, but only. The app told me to take a day of rest, I did and I was very sore, and today (the day of the next set of push-ups) I can barely imagine trying to do a bunch of push-ups. I am extremely sore.
I've always been a "what put it in will take it out" person about muscle soreness - if you are sore from shoveling snow then shoveling snow will get you unsore, and so forth. Is that the case with this? Am I going to do my sets of push-ups today and feel somewhat better? Or am I going to try, fail, and be even more sore? Or am I going to be able to do it but then spend two days mincing around in even worse pain, and keep repeating that cycle for the whole six weeks of this program? Or should I not try at all?
Is there anything else I should or should not do?