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Exercise has countless benefits, including the prevention of depression, staying flexible, and building stronger muscles. Keeping active boosts energy and even helps improve certain health conditions. As positive as exercise is, however, failing to take care of your body before hitting the treadmill or the weight room can have painful consequences. There are many ways to treat muscle soreness resulting from exercise, from both a preventative and reactive perspective.

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1. Stretch first

While working out, the muscles contract, becoming shorter and tighter. Though expert opinions vary, many professionals agree that stretching before and after a good workout prepares the muscles and lengthens them again, assisting with mobility. Incorporating yoga, pilates, and other flexibility practices into one's warm-up and cool-down can alleviate post-workout aches. Be sure to stretch only when the muscles are warmed up from gentle activity.

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