There is no substitute for stretching. A few weeks ago, after weight lifting, the muscles in my chest were burning for about a day and a half. Admittedly, I like that feeling, but it can start to get in the way of daily activity. I stretched the muscles for 3 sets of 30 seconds and boom–just like that–the tension in my muscles was gone.

Muscle pain doesn’t always dissipate so easily and daily stretching is important to keep your muscles from getting tight.

Take some time today and stretch your body. Move it in a way that feels good. You won’t keep stretching if you detest it, so don’t stretch to the point of pain. Feel a gentle stretch, not a strain. There’s got to be a position that feels good to you. What is your favorite stretch for your body?