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Luckily for me, I don’t find physical activity to be a chore. I genuinely enjoy biking, running and playing soccer, and do all of those things on the regular. But when it comes to stretching — well, I just hate it! My mantra is basically, “I’ll stretch when I’m dead.”

The appealing part of playing sports and working out is the movement, and so, when I’m presented with the concept of getting down on a mat and holding my body in a stagnant position, I just don’t do it.

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If you have back pain, yoga may be the last thing you feel like doing. But after 12 weeks of a gentle, beginner-level yoga program, people in a recent study had as much pain relief as those who did physical therapy sessions. And either type of exercise worked better than doing nothing at all.

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If you have trouble figuring out the best way to stretch a particular muscle, try this chart that has a huge range of stretches for each body part. The stretches are arranged into easy, medium and hard categories, so if the stretches you know don't quite hit the spot, you should be able to find a good alternative.

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Working long hours at a desk, whether you use a computer all day or some other tool to get your work done, can wreak havoc on your wrists, knees and other joints. Here are ten ways you can keep them in good health, and reduce the pain and discomfort your day-to-day may be putting you through.