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10 Dec 2004

Tomorrow I will be training for 3 weeks. Before I would do cardio and was never really in pain with regard to tight muscles etc. Now my muscles are really hurting but not to the point where I have to see a doctor. Could it be that I was doing the exercise incorrectly or does it take a while for the body to get used the exercises.
One last question, since I started training my appetite has increased, I normally eat about 6 meals a day but still feel hungry. Is there any supplementation that I can take to assist with the hunger/

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01 Jan 0001

HI Zoe

It is quite normal to have some muscle and joint soreness when you first start training or make some changes to your training. So, not knowing exactly what you are doing during your training, I would guess that you have recently either starting to do some weight training or that you increased your training distance or intensity. Either of these would cause you to become stiffer as a result of the new exercise which you are not used to. My advice is to just back off - not much, I would not stop training, but definitely you do need to give yourself a chance to recover between training. So, hopefully now that the weekend has past, you have had a chance to rest up, and you can begin training a little less intensely, even if it is just for a week. That should allow you to then continue the training into the future, hopefully without the pain you are experiencing now.

As for the diet, it's also quite common. I would not say that a supplement is the answer though. The key is to find the balance bewteen listening to the body and controlling what you eat. In otherwords, if you are aiming for weight loss, you have to accept that you have to take in less than you use. This means that feeling slightly hungry is inevitable, because the body will tell you that it needs more energy. Now, I am not saying that you should starve yourself, but if it does mean that you have to be disciplined, then so be it. The most useful thing that you can do, however, is to find the healthy alternatives, so that you are able to eat without gorging yourself or eating unhealthily. If this means that you have to eat 8 meals a day, then that's fine, but just make sure that the total you eat is still the same, or that you replace high fat with low fat foods for example. The best thing you can do is probably to chat to a dietician and find out how you can eat smart to assist your exercise.

Good luck
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