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Working out should be a part of our everyday lives.

But should we do it literally every day?

This FitPerezcious Reader had that exact question, and asked:

With all of the hype now on P90X, Insanity, Brazilian Butt Lift workouts, it says to work out almost everyday. For the average person who does this, usually most would be pretty sore (myself definitely included). I have heard confliciting reports on this subject, but is it ok to work out when your muscles are already incredibly sore?

That's a really great question, let's see what Strikeforce Bantamweight World Champion in Mixed Martial Arts and Olympic Bronze Medalist in Judo, Ronda Rousey, has to say:

Sore muscles - the price we pay for a great workout. Delayed onset muscle soreness, also known as DOMS, is the soreness you experience 24 to 48 hours after a strenuous exercise that typically goes away after 5 to 7 days. It’s a result of small tears to the muscle, which take time to repair and this tear-and-repair process is actually necessary for your muscles to grow. It’s okay to exercise during this time, but keep it light. When your muscles are sore, they can’t perform as well as usual, and if you don’t put less pressure on them, you risk injuring them. That said, if you sit back and do nothing while they recover, you may reverse the effects you’ve worked so hard for. Performing a lighter workout may help you achieve the optimal balance of maintaining a daily workout and continuing to increase your muscle strength without risking injury. Certainly if you suspect true injury – debilitating, sharp pain – you should take it easy for a few days, and perhaps even call your doctor.

Sounds like great advice!

Everything is about balance and moderation.

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