Soreness after a workout can make you feel like you just had a quality sweat session. But soreness isn’t always an indication of how ripped you’re going to be after. Oftentimes, we get sore when we used muscles we wern’t used to using, and even if you’re in shape, trying a new class or workout regimen your body isn’t used to can leave you pretty achey a few days later. The best way to get rid of muscle soreness, Walsh emphasized, is to prevent it from happening in the first place. “Always do some sort of warm-up,” he said. “In physical therapy or personal training, they call it movement prep, or pre-hab.” Instead of stretching — which can actually hinder your performance if you do static stretches pre-workout — prepare yourself mentally and physically for exercise. Go through movements similar to what you’ll be doing to get the right muscles firing properly. For example, if you’re about to play basketball, move laterally to get your legs and butt warmed up to the movement.
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