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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tips to Prevent Muscle Soreness

When going through any exercise program, you will have some muscle soreness no matter what you do. But if you follow these tips you can keep your soreness to a minimum.

Start your program slowly. Don't go too hard on Day 1 after you've had a layoff. Stop before you're completely wiped out.

Warm up. Always take 5 to 10 minutes to warm up thoroughly.

Stretch afterward. Always stretch at the end of your workout—5 to 10 minutes spent stretching will do wonders for your recovery time.

Have a post-exercise snack. A snack that is 4 parts carbs to 1 part protein greatly speeds up your recovery.

Self-massage. Spend 5 minutes giving yourself a massage each night. A professional massage is better, of course, but not nearly as practical. Spend 5 minutes and you'll sleep better and recover quicker.

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