I work out and the next day I feel pretty sore. Should I wait till I feel no soreness to work out again (2-3 days later), or can I work out if I'm still a little sore in some areas (so I can work out at least every other day).
In addition, when is the best time to work out? After the digestion of a meal is almost complete? Is it alright if I work out soon after I wake up after having only water, or should I carb up at least a little?
Tell me what works for you.
The following has worked well for me in days following a workout:
I have followed some of what Frank Medrano has shared on Facebook and he usually trains six out of seven days each week. If he takes two days off in a week, he prefers the days off be consecutive.
I have often had great work outs on an empty stomach and Harley has mentioned doing up to a half marathon on nothing but water. Doug Graham has called similiar behavior "earning his meal".
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I think different types of training call for different nutritional needs. If you're doing exercises that tax specific muscle groups enough to be sore on a regular basis then I would say that you'll do better having a meal in you before the workout. Generally nutritionists tell us that it takes 2-3 hours to digest a meal, so You'll want to work out within that digestion period, and some point following your workout (within an hour or so) give your body more sustenance to run on. For a raw fooder, I would say there is no time you shouldn't be eating.
And although muscle soreness isn't an indicator on your muscles being recovered, yes I would give it a couple days. If you are lifting weights and targeting a specific muscle group, give it a week. If you are doing calisthenics, still give it a couple days. In the couple day's in between you can work a different body part.