because at the moment i seem to be constantly in pain. But i do look amazing so its working
On a normal week i either work with my trainer (fat burn, squats, lunges, weights, core) or i'll do his tailored workout in the gym. The pain in my muscles from this normally lasts about 3-4 days. Then i do a body combat class, which again leaves me aching for another two days. Then a swim another day. Plus walking to and from school every day.
So is it normal to be aching this much, ive been back to exercising properly for about 3-4 weeks now. Am i overdoing it?
I'm no expert either but I work out everyday but probably in shorter bursts than you, about 45 minutes. I also intersperse the cardio and strength training with yoga and pilates which give my poor muscles a good stretch. I've built stamina and strength gradually doing this with no injuries.
As long as the pain is just DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and not the sort of pain that indicates a potential injury which should be rested then you should be fine. When you overtrain your body will let you know, you will find that you start to regress in your workouts, ie fail to finish what you normally can achieve, can't lift the same weight etc, you feel more tired all the time and it can often cause you to sleep badly as well. These are all signs that you need to make sure you have more recovery time between high intensity workouts etc so either more days off, or substitute lower intensity activities on some days such as yoga, walking, steady state swimming etc. I reached this stage last year some time whilst training for a half and trying to keep up my three weights sessions a week, I was tired all the time but couldn't sleep and both my running and weight training suffered until I cut things back.
Also, don't worry if you don't feel any DOMS after a workout, it doesn't mean that it hasn't been effective.