I am 65 and have had hip and lower back problems for about 8 years. My consultant confirmed that I was one of the unfortunate ones who had discomfort/pain/ache out of proportion to the amount of hip wear and very tight leg muscles that led to reduced flexibility. (Real difficulty putting my socks on!!)! Physiotherapy stopped my limp, but a rather sedentary lifestyle/work meant that my approach to exercise was inconsistent and sporadic. Now what I am finding is after a good walk or trip to the gym, my legs seriously ache for days. Doc says take paracetamol before exercise and afterwards to deal with pain. My question is, when my legs are seriously aching after exercise, should I wait on further exercise until the leg discomfort/ache eases or do I continue and work through the discomfort in the expectation that my leg muscles strengthen and eventually counter the pain of the hips and lower back?