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Still sore from yesterday’s workout but antsy to get back to the gym? Experts caution to avoid working the very same muscle groups that are still a little achy. But some recommend engaging in light, low-impact exercise to help manage the pain. Your best bet? A walk outside or on the treadmill, a twenty to thirty minute bike ride, or a few easy laps in the pool.

Takeaway: As long as muscle soreness isn’t limiting range of motion, do some light cardio to ease achy legs, arms, and core.

Do It Today: Give that elliptical a try at the gym today. Keep the resistance at a level that elevates heart rate but doesn’t feel like sandbags are attached to your sneakers.

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