Always remember one word when working out "R.I.C.E."
Compress (hot or cold)
Elevation (allows the blood flow to circulate better through your body and decreases pain)
hope that helps..also a hot bath with epsom salt is great at relieving sore joints...i also use icy hot, flexall, and tiger balm- all work well...and a low dose over the counter pain pill helps too like ibeprofene(sp?) and advil. Oh and don't forget to stretch!!! otherwise you'll be super stiff and it will make it easier for you to tear a muscle. And always be sure to do a proper warmup before your workout (a good 1/2 mile around a running track at a brisk jog, a 10 minute session on the stationary bike, or a little time on the eliptical machines are great suggestion. Be sure to warm up before you stretch so you don't pull a muscle, then you can begin your workout.And be sure to do a Cool Down post work out (walk it out a good 5-10 minutes slowly to help slow your heart rate down, and then stretch.(This may seem like a lot, but remember the goal with the warm up is to gradually increase your heart rate, the goal with the exercise to to get you in shape and maintain a healthy heart rate, and the goal with a cool down is to lower your heart rate gradually until it is at a normal rate so you won't pass out or get dizzy...if you keep that in mind it won't be so bad and you'll know why each is essential to your workout.) After your cool down and stretch i suggest icing your sore muscles down when you get home (a little idea i picked up when i use to run track was filling little paper dixie cups with water and putting them in a freezer..when you get home, peel the paper back and massage the ice cup on your sore muscles so you get just the right amount of ice, also when you massage the ice cup in circles on your sore muscles, it helps increase circulation to that area which will make you less stiff and sore....remember 15-20 minutes on ice....30 minutes off...keep alternating like that till you get some relief...i promise it helps.Also, in case you get winded during you work out remember to NEVER SIT DOWN!!! that can cause some serious dizzy spells and make your heart race if you go from an intense work out and high heart rate, to complete stillness....if you get winded, put your arms above your head and walk around slowly till your ready to try again...you know your body and your limits,so don't ignore it if you need a rest or a drink of water.Good luck with your workouts!