Ask the Trainer: Muscle Soreness & Rest
Question: I started at Snap Fitness a few days ago and have been walking on the treadmill. I have been noticing pain in my thighs and lower legs & then also have been feeling pain on my right side. Should I stop for a while?
Answer: The pain you are probably feeling is because you are just starting exercise. This muscle soreness is expected whenever someone starts a workout program. If you are walking on the treadmill you are using your thighs and calves a lot and they will be sore at first. The pain in your side is probably a cramp that most people get when they first start working out as well. The cramp in your side will go away with time but you need to rest your muscles a day or two until the soreness goes away. If you take a couple days off and the pain increases or does not get better in your legs you should go see a doctor. Congratulations on your fitness journey!