Some aches and pains from working out

I am conscientious about my fitness, weight and health.

I am a vegetarian, so my diet consists of all different types of fruits and vegetables along with brown rice, quinoa and tofu.

I avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and processed foods. I make sure to drink plenty of water and follow a strict sleep schedule. I get up at the same time every morning and start the day with a strenuous workout for approximately sixty minutes. My training session includes a dedicated and thorough warm up where I circle my various joints, stretch my muscles and skip or jog in place. I devote between thirty and forty minutes to high intensity aerobic exercise. This gets my heart pumping and my lungs working hard. I then incorporate different types of strength training such as lifting weights, push-ups, plank holds and lunges. I always devote a portion of the workout to abdominal exercises, including crunches and sit-ups and then move on to balance training. I finish with a cool-down that focuses on deep stretches and improving flexibility. Because I am so diligent about taking good care of my body, I rarely suffer any major injuries. However, I do deal with the aches and pains of hard workouts. It’s not unusual for me to feel a little sore or stiff in the mornings. Lately, I’ve been dealing with cramps in my calves. I’ve been forced to sleep with heating pads wrapped around my legs. I’m suspicious this is the result of overworking the muscles. I’ve been doing a great deal of jumping rope. While I am very good about pushing myself to work hard, I’m not very good at resting my muscles.

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