It gets easier right?

I changed my gym programme last week and have been a few times since. Two days after going however, I am in agony! I also bike 3.2 miles to work and then back at the end of the day. Is there a way to prevent so much muscle pain after using the gym? I don't seem to find a way (even stretching) to help with the aches and pains. My main aim is to become fit and tone up whilst losing weight.. I cannot give up! Any advice?

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  • Don't give up. Running will, and does, show up weaknesses in our bodies and then we go and develop some parts and have to do other exercises to keep things in balance. I always stretch after every run, using the stretches that you can find by going to the POSTS page and looking for Pinned Posts, on the right hand side of the page. I hold them for thirty seconds and over the months they have prevented most aches. Good luck.

  • I can only hope that this helps! I have the gym again tomorrow (plus my bike ride to and from work). Really starting to feel the pain now! However I will definitely look into stretching for longer periods of time! Thanks.

  • Do you have the correct running shoes and have you been gait analysed? This is important to help reduce the risk of running related injury. Are you keeping things slow and steady - it's possible to burn yourself out otherwise. You need to take a rest day between runs (or any other form of high impact exercise) and do something low impact (such as swimming, yoga, etc.) on your non-running days. Cycling is fine as it's low impact. Good luck with your future runs and best wishes.

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