A part of getting in shape the is sometimes overlooked is changing your eating habits. A lot of people start a workout and even though they stick to it, they notice they aren't losing any weight. Sometimes this is because they are still eating the same unhealthy food they were before the workouts began. Take a good look at what you're consuming and you'll probably find that some changes are in order.
A great tip to help recover from a hard workout is to lightly work out the same muscles the following day with much lighter weights. Use about 20 percent of your normal weight and perform a couple of sets of 25 reps. This will supply more blood to your muscles which will help repair them faster.