Exercise is good for more than just your health; working out can also help people steer away from depression, stay flexible, and build stronger muscles. Do you find yourself feeling tired? Staying active boosts your energy and also helps prevent bladder and bowel issues. As good 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 after exercise.

1. Stretch first

While working out, your muscles contract and become shorter and tighter. Stretching your muscles before and after a good work out pulls them back out and assists with mobility. Try yoga, pilates, or your own combination of stretches. Even simple forward folds that stretch tight hamstrings are better than nothing!

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