It's equally natural when we come out of our hiatus to go a bit harder than we should, often resulting in muscle pulls or other injuries.
Nothing takes the wind out of our exercise sails more than hurting ourselves. Our focus shifts and it's a setback in our overall health. To decrease your chance of injury and to keep yourself moving in the right direction, try taking it easy at first
1. Start slow
If you haven't moved in awhile, move slow at deliberate at first until you get used to the stretch, strain, and stress of exercise on your muscles and body.
Stretch thoroughly before any rigorous workout, especially if you haven't done a rigorous workout in awhile. Be sure to stretch properly and adequately before working out.
Also be sure to stretch immediately following your workout. A lot of people don't realize the importance and benefit of stretching after a good workout when your muscles are nice and warm.
3. Don't push it
If you haven't worked out in awhile know that you will be sore. Depending on the workout, the day after you will be slightly sore but feeling fairly good physically. It's not until second day after that you'll feel the true burn.
Being moderately sore after a workout is one thing. Not being able to sit on the toilet because your leg muscles hurt is another.
If you overdue it, then don't over due it again by going to the gym. Give your body adequate time to recover.
4. Suck it up
If you have torn muscles then you want to stop exericsing rigorously until they have healed, but if you only have moderate soreness due to your body's reaction to not exercising for a period of, suck it up and go work out again.
The best way to work out soreness in muscles is by working out the muscle. You might have to take it easy at times, but the best way to keep your muscles from being sore is to keep exercising.
5. Keep hydrated
Proper hydration is very important for your body, and keep yourself hydrated is ciritical to sustain and recover from workouts. Drink plenty of water both before and after your workout, and eat easy to digest foods like bananas to help your muscles recover faster.