Regular stretching is an important way to decrease your chances of developing bursitis and tendinitis or send them away after they strike, many health-care professionals say.

Try these stretches for prevention and flare-ups. Do 10 repetitions of each stretch, but as you begin a stretch, don’t reach as far as you can. Slow progression is key.

Shoulder Stretch
Hold your right arm across your chest at shoulder level, with your palm facing back behind you. Grasp your right elbow with your left hand, then press the crook of your elbow into your chest. Repeat with your left arm.

Hamstring Stretch
Lie on your back on the floor. Raise your left leg, bending your knee and keeping your left thigh perpendicular to the floor. Clasp your hands behind your left knee. Try to straighten out your left knee until the back of your left thigh feels tight. Repeat with your right leg.