Our expert says:
The leg pain is probably a symptom of excessive exercise and load on the joints and muscles. There are 2 kinds of pain - the one is the sharp pain when you are stiff from exercise, the other is a dull, aching pain, which is what you probably have, if I understand the question right. Just about everyone experiences pain after the first session, because all these muscles which have not been active for so long are suddenly being used and it can really cause major stiffness. Over time though, this type of pain disappears and you won't get stiff anymore. Pain and fatigue are still quite common though, and especially, with something like stepping, that involves some impact, it's not unusual to have some pain. I think that the best solution is to back off the training for a bit, rather than creams. The creams don't really address the problem - the creams are there for inflammation, but they are so superficial that they don't really get to the deep muscle and this makes them less effective. So, what I would do is just spend 2 weeks where you do 2 step classes a week, and on the third day, instead of your normal stepping, do something like walking, aerobics, taebo, spinning etc., to break the routine and give the legs a chance to recover.
Finally, regarding weight loss, it sure sounds like you are on the right track, now it is just a matter of maintaing this, getting fitter, and then I would suggest adding in another day per week, where you do something else, but only at a later stage once you are fitter.
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