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6. Banish Aches, Pains and Soreness

The right stretches can alleviate discomfort and make your body feel so much better. Classic stretches that use your own body weight are great, but you can also use a foam roller or hard ball (like a lacrosse ball) for a more intense, deep-tissue-massage sensation, especially after a workout, when stretches with these tools have been shown to reduce muscle soreness. (Rollers and balls work on your fascia, the connective tissue that runs throughout your body, supports your muscles, bones and organs, and can leave you feeling stiff and achy when it's tight).

Being too sedentary can also lead to achiness. If your job has you deskbound, get up and take at least a 1-minute break during every hour of sitting too, and stretch your hip flexors at the end of the day (sitting shortens them and can lead to back pain). Try this classic hip flexor move: Kneel on the floor and place one foot out front with your knee bent at a 90-degree angle. Then push your hips forward, keeping your front knee above your front foot, hold and switch legs.

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