While regular exercise may help reduce muscle pain many people will experience sore muscles when beginning a new exercise program, a change in sports activities or after a dramatic increase in the duration or intensity of exercise.

Exercises like walking and swimming help to strengthen the muscles gradually and without putting any strain on them, or subjecting them to sudden jolts.

Activities like yoga and Pilates can help improve the flexibility and the strength your muscles. It is important that you carry out these activities under the guidance of a properly qualified instructor.

Warm up thoroughly before any exercise and cool down completely afterward. Warming up helps prepare your muscles and reduces the risk of injury while cooling down will help reduce muscle soreness.

Avoid making sudden major changes in the type or amount exercise you do. Follow the Ten Percent Rule. When beginning a new activity start gradually and build up your time and intensity no more than ten percent per week