Right this might be a spectacularly stupid question, or have been covered (apologies couldn't find anything in search), but apart from taking ice baths and stretching loads, is there any way to lessen the aches and pains you get the day after an intense and challenging workout? Or is it something you just have to grin and bear? I totally understand you get aches and things if you do something new and you're not used to it and I'm not expecting to find something that leaves me entirely free of aches and pains but just something that would ease things so that I'm not waking up tomorrow and feeling like I'm totally paralysed with it Would a cold shower have the same effect as an ice bath? (I don't have a proper bath really) I'm currently on a tough training regime in order to prepare for a charity boxing match in 6 weeks time. Before Christmas I was doing no exercise to speak of but have now built it up to the point where I'm doing 1 hours intense fitness and weights in the mornings and 2 hours on a Tuesday and Thursday night in a Mens boxing gym (I'm a lady) where the instructors take no prisoners. I'm amazed I'm still breathing tbh! I would really appreciate any advice or any wee tips anyone out there has as I'm not very clued up on fitness related things!