I recently started a new workout routine and have been experiencing some pretty intense muscle soreness. I know that this is a normal part of exercising, but I'm looking for some tips on how to alleviate the soreness and avoid any potential injuries.
A little bit about me - I'm in my mid-20s and have always been relatively active, but I've never really stuck to a consistent exercise routine. I decided to start working out more seriously lately because I've noticed that I've been feeling pretty sluggish and run-down, and I know that exercise can help with that.
I started doing a mix of cardio and strength-training exercises a few days ago and have definitely been feeling the effects. My muscles are sore to the touch and some movements are even a little painful. I've heard that stretching, foam rolling, and taking rest days can all help with muscle soreness, but I'm not sure what the best approach is.
Any advice on how to alleviate muscle soreness and avoid injuries would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.