I've been away from the gym scene for some time. When I used to go, I didn't worry about soreness because it went away within a day and only occurred when I increased weights or sets. Now it seems that even with doing only 1 set for each station and tolerable weights, I'm sore and stiff for days and it doesn't abate for my next gym visit. How long should I allow this to be the case before thinking something is seriously wrong?
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Thank you. I discovered that a stop at the stretching station helps with the soreness. I tend to bypass it in favor of getting home after working out. I'm working my way up from 12 reps to 15 reps before moving on to two sets for each station.
Thank you. I hadn't thought about epsom salts. I'll keep that in mind about the 6th day. I appreciate your comments.
Thank you for the advice. I do need to drink more water and less tea and coffee. One step at a time, I suppose. I didn't realize how much stretching can ease the soreness until I started doing so at the end of each workout.