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How to banish aches and pains

Gentles tretching adds benefit to your fitness routine, but make sure to warm up first.
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A variety of physical activities and regular stretching can rid you of routine discomfort.

Is your back bothering you? Do your hamstrings hurt? Is your neck or shoulder sore? If so, you've got a lot of company. Garden-variety tightness, aches, and pains in the major muscles and joints—especially the lower back—are among the most common day-to-day health complaints, according the National Center for Health Statistics.

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