Muscle pain and fatigue in recovery?

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aquana's picture
Muscle pain and fatigue in recovery?

Um. Hi, everyone... this is my first post here. *waves* Be gentle, please?

Anyway, I have a question. I'm a non-purging bulimic, I've always overexercised after a binge. After a while, I started getting horrible muscle fatigue and pain (probably because of the combined restriction and exercise). I started on my meal plan almost three weeks ago, and my energy levels are much better - I can actually get things done, it's a strange experience after so many years of extreme tiredness!

My muscles still hurt, though. Not as bad as they used to, but they do (and they're much weaker than when I was healthy). Does anyone know how long it takes for them to rebuild themselves?

Also, I started gaining on my official "maintenance levels". I've read about this a lot (both on this forum and on the internet), and everyone seems to be telling me that it's just a rebound, and my metabolism will bounce back. (To be honest, I'm already much less cold! I used to have to wear sweaters everywhere, but now, when I look at people on the street, I wear the same kind of clothes they do.) But what if I can't stop gaining weight..? I'm terrified! Always being hungry doesn't help either... my appetite is much "better" than it was, and that scares me.

So, um... help?

Espiritual's picture
Muslce recovery is

Muslce recovery is interesting. If you work the same muslcews everyday- you continuously break down muslce tissue- not giving them a chance to rebulid. And MUSCLE BURNS FAT. So it is good to have muscle. By overtraining- you aren't building muslce- which might cause weight gain.

I was doing an extreme home fitness program called p90x for about four months- and decided to stop- because I didn't want to have muscle- (Body dismorphia)- but people said I looked great- and I was ripped for a while. But anyways- i strated doing another program- where I work the same musles everyday- which is supposed to make you lean- and- my body co positionm has changed for the worse.

Im thinking i might go back to p90x- which was based on muscle confusion. I worked abs three times a week (and only three- because the ab routine was hard core- litterly- lol) and legs once a week-, triceps and biceps one day, adn chest and back the other day- thats pretty much what it looked like.

anyways- bottom line- if you are always sore- ease of a little. work different mueslces on different days. And as for cardio- I love it- but that will make you sore too. Im rambling- i hope what i wrote made sense.

Good luck! (epsom salt baths are good too for sore muscles- as well as having plenty of water before and after workouts- as well as electrolytes)

aquana's picture

Yes, it absolutely makes sense! I'll start at the gym on Monday, because it's starting to get cold - I guess I should build all of my muscles up a bit!

caliwb's picture

I was looking into that as well, but exactly like you said, i worry it will give me too much muscle. I dont know how to get rid of this flabbiness that I think my bulimia caused :(

I heard that abs are the one muscle group you can work out everyday though.... its supposedly repairs itself a lot quicker than other muscles, so you SHOULD work it out everyday. I dunno, there is a lot of info out there, not sure which is right! but thanks for the muscle info :)

Raven's picture
Also make sure that you drink

Also make sure that you drink a lot! Dehydration can cuase sore muscles and add some stretching to your routine. The only excersie I do at the moment is walking (I don't have a car lol) and yoga. I have never felt better! Exercise is great for your mental and physical health but I don't think there's any point in doing too much exercise during recovery until your body has completely healed - but that's just my opinion :)

aquana's picture
Oh, I drink all the time, so

Oh, I drink all the time, so that's not a problem! I had a rather nasty bike accident this weekend, so the gym will have to wait... I had to carry my bike on the way back, and my shoulders and arms hurt horribly! It's scary that they're in SUCH a bad state... =/

Courtneyyyy14's picture

I used to excercise everyday, but I am so fatigued all the time it's ridiculous. I have no energy to go to the gym and work up a sweat. I wonder if this could be related to vitamin deficencies..particularly B12?

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