How to Reduce Post-Workout Muscle Soreness
Muscle soreness? It happens—especially if you’re trying to build strength or flexibility, are challenging yourself, or are doing a new workout. But soreness, unfortunately, can derail exercise, even for a few days. And derailing plans for a few days can mean that you get off a positive routine and have to start all over again—or even worse, get discouraged and don’t start at all.
However, there are pre- and post-exercise steps that you can take to help minimize the length of time and depth of muscle soreness. For example, although it might be tempting to dive right into a new exercise routine, don’t. Doing too much all at once can lead to overly strained muscles. Experts recommend that you keep your routine to only about 60 percent of your maximum until you get used to it.
What else can you do to stave off muscle soreness? This graphic explains it.
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