Exercise! - Retaining water from exercise, should I take a day or two off?

06-04-2012, 02:33 PM
For the past 8 days I have exercised every day. Sometimes at the gym and sometimes just going on ridiculously long walks (2-4 hours). I'm stiff in the mornings and evenings and when I walk I can feel my leg muscles. Additionally I've seen a 10lb increase in my weight (mind you, TOM has also come to visit).

I'm pretty sure I'm retaining water from the exercise, judging from my stiffness. Should I stop for a day or two? Or just keep trucking?

06-04-2012, 02:37 PM
If you're in a lot of pain, take a break. If not, your body will get used to it.

06-04-2012, 02:39 PM
I generally take one rest day per week, you might find that helpful.

06-04-2012, 04:06 PM
If I'm really sore I go to a yoga class with the intention of getting a really good stretch (not attempting any crazy or strenuous poses). Definitely stretch out, take some ibuprofen, drink plenty of water, and rest.

06-04-2012, 04:24 PM
If you're so stiff you can't function, give it a rest for a day, or do some light stretching and Yoga. Otherwise, I count muscle soreness as a good thing! It means your muscles are growing and doing what you want them to do :).