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The leaves are falling, the air is getting crisp. Before you know it, you could be packing on the pounds from all that holiday binge-eating.
Whether it’s the cold weather or the extra calories from those delicious holiday feasts, now is the time of year when most people think about heading back to the gym. If it’s been months (or maybe even years) since you’ve been to the gym, you may experience that pesky phenomenon known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
You know, that achiness that makes every step a challenge for a few days after a hard leg workout, or that tenderness every time you lift your arms following your first upper body workout in a long time. This is an unfortunate side effect of exercising and it is a reason why many people give up on their fitness journey. They just don’t want to deal with the discomfort.
While there is not much you can do to avoid it, there are a few tricks to ease this feeling as you fall back into fitness:
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