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Old 02-07-2013, 05:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Congrats!

Congratulations Hunter on your journey, it's not easy...I've been there and still working at it.

If you're leg is has a sharp pain, stop what you're doing but if it feels like a burn that's fine you're working your muscles and yes you'll still feel the burn the next day. One of my instructors refers to this as 'sweet pain' but if it goes beyond that point stop otherwise you're going to hurt yourself and will be off sore for a while.

When I started working out I only walked on the treadmill at around 3-3.5 mph for 2 miles. It took me about 30 - 40 minutes to complete. Gradually after I found it wasn't challenging me enough I started taking my walking speed up to 4 mph for short intervals, say for 30 - 60 seconds, then back down to 3.5 mph for 2 minutes. Soon I found I was able to complete 4 mph walk for 3 miles in about 45 minutes. I guess what I'm trying to say here is start slow and gradually either increase speed, incline, or both as you get stronger and no longer feel your current workout challenging. Also maybe try the elliptical or bike for a change and keep mixing things up to constantly challenge your body or you'll find yourself plateauing.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Originally Posted by HunterTTP View Post
I've been on my diet for about 3 months now. I've lost 60 lbs and I'm feeling pretty good. My latest concern has been the difference between "feel the burn" and "oh crap I hurt something". I just can't seem to figure out if what I'm doing is right or wrong.

Let's say I'm walking and doing jog sprints and my leg starts hurting. Is this ok because I'm working out, or should I slow down because I'm damaging my body? I'm so confused it is even hard for me to explain, but any advice is much appreciated!

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